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Dec 05 2023

Girls come together at Bar ‘n’ Bus (Nov 2023)

Every Wednesday evening a group of young females meet in Basildon to spend time together and build friendships. The ‘Being Me’ project, run by Bar n Bus, brings together 16 females of secondary school age for two hours to chat, be creative, talk to trusted adults, laugh and have fun – all in a safe […]

May 11 2023

A&E project supports nearly 200 young people (May 2023)

For the past four years the VVU has helped fund youth workers working in Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital (BTUH) Accident and Emergency Department. Since May 2019, youth workers have been based in the A&E department at BTUH with the hope that when a young person is admitted to A&E the youth workers can offer […]

Sep 20 2022

Learn about detached youth work (Sept 2022)

We spent some time with Bar ‘n’ bus who lead detached youth work in Basildon. Detached youth workers spend time in the places young people hang out in order to get to know and form relationships with these young people. This form of youth work means the youth workers can engage with young people who […]

Jul 11 2022

Our new project: ReRoute (June 2022)

We are working on a new project called ReRoute.  This project works with young people who have been arrested on possession of carrying a knife but who are waiting to be charged to court. There can be a considerable amount of time between arrest and a court date; by working in this time period to […]

Jul 11 2022

The success of detached youth work (June 2022)

We are consistently told by young people across Essex they want safe activities to participate in and safe places to meet, alongside adults they can talk to and trust. For the past 18 months we’ve worked with Essex Council of Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) and Active Essex to fund detached youth workers in areas of […]

Mar 17 2021

Youth Service Hospital Project (Spring 2020 onwards)

The initial aim of the Youth Service Hospital Project was to engage with young people attending A&E who presented as being a victim or perpetrator of violence. The youth service would then seek to provide appropriate support and / or signpost to other activities and services.