Wandsworth Council launches first mobile youth centre
Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
- Wandsworth youth bus is an exciting new offer for children and young people and will visit locations across the borough every week
- Bus equipped with music production, sport, and recording equipment, a diverse offer for children to socialise with peers
- Young people will also be able to access support for emotional well-being, skills and employment, and sexual health
Wandsworth Council has today launched a new mobile youth bus that will ensure young people have access to education, mental and sexual health services on their doorstep.
The Mayor, Cllr Kate Stock and Fleur Anderson MP were in attendance as the new service - the first of its kind in the borough - was launched in Roehampton.
The bus will be based in Roehampton as part of our work on the Alton Estate Regeneration. Additional funding has come from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit providing flexibility to regularly visit other locations across Wandsworth on a six-day route, including Battersea and Tooting, based on where young people are.
This is an exciting moment for our young people across the borough as they will have access to a purpose-built space which includes a music studio, interactive white board, and game consoles. This will enable children to safely engage, learn and interact with each other.
Working with partners including voluntary sector youth organisations, the bus will engage with young people enabling them to access mental health support, skills and employment guidance, sexual health advice, citizens advice and much more.
Kate Stock, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “This is great news for children and young people in our local communities. I’m really pleased that this new service in Wandsworth will travel to the heart of our communities where young people are, giving them a safe place to go, providing engaging activities and offering them someone to speak to.
“With our new youth bus, we have listened to what our children and young people have told us they wanted, through our listening and engaging events over the summer.
“It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a community to raise a generation. We are really hoping this will be the next step in offering a more diverse, agile and needs led offer for all children and young people in Wandsworth.”
Lamees Bazuti, a young resident who attends activity centres in Wandsworth said: “I can really see all the amazing benefits the bus will bring for many young people in this area and I am excited to see what happens next.”
Notes to editors:
The bus is ULEZ compliant.
The bus’s proposed initial route is as follows:
Mondays 4pm-8pm, 100 York Road, Battersea SW11 3RD
Tuesdays 4pm-8pm, Dilton Gardens, Roehampton, SW15 4AT
Wednesdays 4pm-8pm, Tooting Bec Lido Parking, Tooting, SW15 1RU
Thursdays 4pm-8pm, Charlotte Despard Avenue, Battersea SW11 5HW
Fridays 4pm-8pm, 236 Arabella Drive, Roehampton, SW15 5LQ
Saturdays 2pm-6pm, Wandsworth Common (next to Skylark Café), Dorlcote Road, Tooting, SW18 3RT
The proposed initial route will be reviewed quarterly. This provides flexibility to adapt the route based on intelligence as to where it is understood the need is greatest. As part of the reprovision of youth services on the Alton estate, the route will always provide two days in Roehampton.