Youth club handed double decker bus to boost services

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A YOUTH club has received ‘a massive boost’ after it was given the keys to a double-decker bus to carry out its programmes.

Y Services, a Fareham-based charity that works with and provides activities for young people across the area, have been given the vehicle by bus company First Group.

It’s a massive boost for us to have this bus

Andy Kennedy, chairman of the trustees at Y Services

First donated the bus after Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council asked about acquiring the vehicle for the charity.

The bus has been painted in the charity’s colours of yellow and black.

It is now set to be refitted with a coffee bar, consoles and comfy seating.

Andy Kennedy, chairman of the trustees at Y Services, said: ‘It’s a massive boost for us to have this bus.

‘It will enable Y Services to deliver a range of services in areas and locations that do not have a building suitable for youth or play work.’

The charity is set to use the bus to get to areas across Fareham where some children are unable to travel far, holding events in various car parks.

Work on refitting the bus is expected to be completed early next year.

Councillor Woodward said: ‘Y Services is such a fantastic charity that I thought it would be great if it had its own bus to get around the area.

‘This was something it really wanted so I was very happy to be able to get it what it needed. I’m sure it will be a huge help.’

First group manager Dervla McKay said: ‘When we were approached about helping Y Services expand the great work it does in Fareham, we were delighted to be able to help.

‘We hope that the donation will engage and support those in the community that use these fantastic services.’

Y Services hopes to be able to run sessions for about 30 to 40 people at first.

It will develop a planned programme of activities on various campaigns, such as healthy eating, street safety and community cohesion.

The charity recently secured a 10-year lease from the borough council to run services for young people in the abandoned Hill Park Clinic at Frosthole Close with the building set to be opened up to the public soon.