A new fun and safe space thanks to the #WillDoesBus

Young people in Dorset have a new safe and fun space thanks to the #WillDoesBus which visits Weymouth esplanade. 

In a creative response to the evolving needs of the Weymouth community, the Dorset Council targeted youth work team is joining forces with Dorset Youth Association to roll out the #WillDoesBus. 

The bus itself was fundraised for by the #WillDoes charity, an organisation dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Dorset.  

The programme launched on 7 February and spans seven weeks before moving to the Marsh Skatepark, the bus is open on Wednesday evenings for local young people, offering a safe and supportive haven from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 

In a departure from the traditional community youth work approach, typically conducted in public spaces like train stations or park areas, the #WillDoesBus initiative recognises the challenges posed by unlit, cold, and dull spaces during this time of year. 

The “Will Does Bus” project introduces a mobile safe space, providing young people with a refuge to relax, play music, engage in games, and connect with trained youth workers.  

With refreshments on hand, the bus becomes a hub for open conversations about any issues impacting the lives of the local youth.  

The bus’s design includes a dedicated quiet room for confidential one-on-one conversations. 

Weymouth Town Council has played a pivotal role in supporting this initiative, allowing the bus to park on Weymouth esplanade.  

In the future, the team wish to explore additional locations within the Weymouth area to extend its reach. 

Cllr Byron Quayle, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education, and Early Help, said: “It’s really great to see people coming together to provide this flexible and entertaining space for our young people. I’d like to say a big thank you to all who are involved.” 

For more information about Dorset Council’s work with young people see the Dorset Youth AssociationDorset Youth Voice and Pineapple Project Instagram pages.

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