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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