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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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Celebrating Youth

A campaign to promote activities for young people is to be launched in Cumbria.

The three year initiative called 'Celebrating Youth' has been launched to coincide with opportunities for young people presented by the 2012 Olympic Games.

It aims to promote all activities for children and young people, recognising the contribution they make to Cumbria's communities.

It also wants to demonstrating how activities can encourage young people to broaden their horizons.

Councillor Eddie Martin, Leader of Cumbria Council said:

"'Celebrating Youth' is a wonderful initiative thatwill give our young people some of the credit and recognition they deserve.

"The key to the future to a successful and vibrant Cumbria is for us to nurture, encourage and support our young people as well as celebrating their successes and 'Celebrating Youth' will help meet all these aims."

The launch will be at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

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