BIOS launches mobile youth club

By Anita Jaynes on 10 April, 2014

The BIOS Van, a pimped up Supermarket delivery van visits young people ‘where they are at’ and provides food, entertainment, sports equipment, music and crafts. Each week the van works with over 350 young people in Swindon, tackling anti social behaviour and encouraging them to make positive life choices, helping them to have a better future.

BIOS have a long track record in supporting young people and helping them to contribute to their local communities. Tom is one such example of an intelligent young man with a great sense of humour. At school he was underachieving, not engaging and being unpleasant to other students. After spending time with BIOS youth worker Rosie, he is making much more positive choices – Tom says, “Since working with BIOS I have stopped getting into trouble – no detentions anymore where I used to get 3 a week. I now don’t do stupid things like I used to.”

The van has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon and has been sponsored and supported by many local businesses. Chris Priddy, Director for BIOS is organising a launch event at Excalibur Communications Offices, Stonehill Green, Westlea SN5 7HB, on 24 April from 12-2pm, for businesses to come and see what the van is all about and how working with the BIOS Van can be a mutually beneficial support partnership.

This will be a great networking opportunity, a chance to see something different and a fantastic cause to support. Come and spend your lunch hour playing XBOX One or PS4, have a cup of coffee over a game of pool or try your hand at an exclusive brand new sport TriVolle. The event is going to be a lot of fun, you need to be there!

Businesses are being offered the opportunity to get their logo graffiti’d onto the van in exchange for a £20 donation. What better way to promote your brand in a funky way whilst supporting a good cause.

Chris commented, “We are still looking for more businesses to come alongside and lend their support. Any equipment, publicity, branding and activity sponsors are welcome, as are new and exciting ideas to get the young people involved in the project. Everyone is welcome, so please come along for a light lunch and a look round.”

To find out more about BIOS and the van project, or to have your logo in graffiti written on the van itself, visit www.settings4life.org.uk/biosvan