Regional Youth Bus
The bus is packed with the latest technologies including gaming, music and WIFI, all in a supervised safe environment to hang out with friends. At the same time visitors can chat with staff and access a host of information and support on such things as career planning, health and wellbeing.
The Regional Youth Bus project is an initiative of Barossa Lower North Futures and incorporates a mobile youth facility, and a Facebook page specifically for 12 to 24 year olds.“Setting up a bricks and mortar Youth Centre is expensive and is not easily accessible to young people living in more remote parts of our region”, RYB Project Manager, Wayne Perry explained. “The Regional Youth Bus has provided an opportunity for neighbouring councils to support youth in a collaborative and cost effective way,” Wayne said.
The project will support local young people and communities through fun activities, education, referrals and by increasing the support services for our rural towns.
The bus (pictured below) has settled into its full time routine visiting towns across the five partnering council regions of Barossa, Light, Mallala, Goyder and Wakefield.
Through the generous support from the Department for Education and Child Development ICAN program and a substantial donation from Energy Australia, the old MTA bus has been transformed. Young people from across the regions provided input into how it should look and many young people gained training and skills through courses and programs associated with the rebuild.
Although the RYB can only be in one place at a time, young people can stay continually connected with the bus through social media. They can make contact with staff, find a range of information and view funny and inspiring stories and memes.
To discover information, opportunities and events connected to the Regional Youth Bus, visit facebook.com/regionalyouthbus.