Mobile youth club

A roaming youth bus has been launched in west Cumbria to give teenagers living in Copeland something to do in the summer holidays. The bus is equipped with computer games, mountain bikes and books.

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West Cumbria's youth bus

The youth bus Credit: ITV Border

This is the big white van that will be touring Copeland giving youngsters somewhere to go during the summer holidays. It is equipped with computers, games, a flat screen TV; moveable tables and chairs; space for mountain bikes; and study space.

There are also youth works on hand to offer advice.

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Mobile youth club launched

A roaming youth club in the form of a bus is touring west Cumbria to give teenagers something to do in the summer holidays.

The bus is equipped with computer games, mountain bikes and books.

It stops off at different parts of Copeland in evenings and weekends during term time and throughout the school holidays. It's called the 'Big White Van' and is run by Young Cumbria and manned by qualified youth counsellors who can give advice and assistance to youngsters.

It was introduced by Copeland after a similar scheme in Allerdale was successful.

A survey in the Copeland area found that 86% of young people wanted one of the vans in their area.

"The aim of the vans is to try to address the problem of the lack of youth services in West Cumbria and issues such as boredom and antisocial behaviour among young people."

– Spokesperson, 'Big White Van' Scheme
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