On Friday 23rd June at Burnley bus station the new Space Youth Bus was launched. Owned and managed by Participation Works North West, the facility is free to young people in Burnley aged 7 to 20 years old.
The new bus was funded by Big Lottery and The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust, this enabled us to purchase a new bus and have it converted.
We ran a competition for young people to create a new design for the exterior of the bus, this was won by Emily Taggart who lives in Burnley and goes to Unity College. The design was then developed by Paul Jones from Graffia Studios.
The inside conversions was carried out by Blackpool Design Coach Builders, CCTV/cameras were fitted by Umbra Security and exterior Vinyls by The Small Sign Company.
We had an overwhelming response from everyone when we unveiled the bus and received many positive comments – “awesome” “fantastic” “amazing” one person said “what an amazing facility for the young people of Burnley, they are so lucky”
Inside the bus we have computers with wifi, Xboxes, PS4s, iMac, iPad, TV/DVD and lots of games and resources for young people to use. Staff are on hand to offer advice and support on a range of topics and issues, they can help with homework, CVs, job applications, teen issues such as emotional health and well being and loads more.
‘We are so proud of what we have achieved with this project, the original bus ran for 10 years and has been an overwhelming success. We feel the new bus will be even more successful because of of how modern it is and with all the hi-tech equipment on offer, we hope the young people of Burnley love it as much as us.’ Lynne Blackburn/Abdul Haleem Project Managers & Directors.
We aim to offer workshops on graffiti art over the summer, keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.
We would also like to thank all our partners and staff for their continued support throughout the project – Calico Homes, Children in Need and Transdev. Last but not least we would like to thank the young people of Burnley for being part of this amazing project, we hope you love the new bus.
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Photo: Andy Ford