As part of its work with young people in Elmbridge, Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership and Surrey County Council worked with The Lifetrain Trust to bring ‘The Bus Shelter’ to Walton-on-Thames in July and August this year.
At various dates throughout the summer the bus was parked around Walton-on-Thames offering young people a hang out to get online and to seek advice from experienced youth workers on a range of subjects from courses and school work to CVs and health.
Throughout this time, The Bus Shelter and Walton Youth Centre were in contact with over 70 young people, with 42 of these signing up to a range of activities including cooking, music workshops and a canoeing trip.
Tracey Osborn, Head of Youth Work, from The Lifetrain Trust, was encouraged by the interest shown by the young people they visited in Walton over the summer;
“The young people we met over the summer displayed a real interest in finding out more about the activities and services on offer. I am delighted that over half of them signed up to a new challenge and to meet new people.
“The Lifetrain Trust is committed to helping young people reach their potential. We offer a team of experienced youth workers, in a relaxed and friendly environment and over the years we have seen lots of young people respond well to this experience; this has been their first step to realising their potential.”
Councillor Mary Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Community & Corporate Development at Elmbridge Borough Council fully supports this outreach programme;
“This was an extremely important initiative for the young people of Walton but it is only the beginning. There is a necessity for ongoing outreach work offering young people free and positive activities in Elmbridge, especially during the school holidays. Together with The Lifetrain Trust, Surrey Police, Surrey County Council and PA Housing, we will continue to work hard providing the support and guidance our young people need.”