Young people in Mitcham can look forward to a weekly visit with a difference when a tango-orange double-decker activity bus rolls into town on Wednesday 8 October.
Merton Council has commissioned the bus, owned and operated by the Croydon Community Bus charity organisation, to be available to young people for visits and activities every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm for a period of five weeks.
The bus will park in Woodstock Way, at the Eastfields Estate near the site of the country’s first intergenerational centre in Mitcham, and will be open to all young people in Merton over the age of 12.
Hopping aboard the kitted-out double-decker is absolutely free and young people will have a chance to voice their aspirations for the future intergenerational centre while enjoying the many onboard facilities.
Popular activities on the bus include reading, electronic/computer games, quizzes, arts and crafts, karaoke, board games and competitions.
Councillor Debbie Shears, cabinet member for children’s services says: “We know that young people in the Eastfields area are keen to see the intergenerational centre offer a menu of activities that suit their needs.
“This is a fun way of engaging young people in the planning process for the new centre. It is also an opportunity for them to meet other young people in their area, have fun and find out about further activities on offer to them across the borough.”
“I’d like to thank the Croydon Community Bus organisation for their support in making the bus available to young people in Merton. It’s a fantastic example of neighbouring boroughs sharing and supporting organisations that work towards putting our young people first.”