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Project information

Expansion into East Cambridgeshire and Fenland

We wanted to make more use of the youth buses that we had and following research into areas of deprivation for young people in Cambridgeshire we have started youth work sessions in four new venues across East Cambs and Fenland. However, we have still to cover all our costs fro the next two years.

April 2012 - April 2014

Charity information: The Connections Bus Project

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  • Need


    Although Cambridgeshire is often considered an affluent area there are large pockets of depravity. In particular across East Cambs and Fenland among young people there are high levels of anti-social behaviour, misuse of substances and low achieving at or dropping out of school.


    The project will provide weekly visits from our state-of-the-art youth bus with activities that will encourage young people to:
    - take part in positive activities
    - build positive relationships with youth workers and other young people
    - take on young volunteer roles
    - improve communication with other members of their community
    - receive information and advice to help inform risk taking behaviour
    - receive signposting to relevant specialist services

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide 140 youth work sessions per year on our youth buses.


    » 35 sessions annually in Littleport
    » 35 sessions annually in Soham
    » 35 sessions annually in Ely
    » 35 sessions annually in Chatteris

    What success will look like

    Success will be...provision of these sessions with attendance by over 150 young people.

  • Impact


    Improve young peoples skills and self-esteem - monitored through individual progress reports and case studies.
    Improved local community through positive involvement of young people - monitored through case studies evidenced by reports from Parish and Town Councils


    Shortage of youth workers or problems with providing the youth bus:
    - taken on additional staff to ensure all sessions covered with capacity to cover absences
    - good relationship with local mechanic so that any issues with the bus can be dealt with quickly


    Termly reports of sessions run, including:
    - attendance levels
    - activities taking place
    - topics of discussion

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,876

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      Amount Heading Description
      £31,973 Youth Worker wages Pay part-time youth workers
      £8,049 Staff costs Recruitment, Training & Line management of youth workers
      £15,101 Bus Cost Maintenance, secure storage, insurance etc. of bus
      £10,262 Fuel costs Cost of fuel to drive bus to venues and to run generator for power
      £5,491 Activities Costs of equipment and supplies for activities with young people and general office overheads

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Cambridgeshire County Council £27,000 Guaranteed
    Awards for All (Big Lottery) £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Littleport - most deprived ward in East Cambs, higher than average did not obtain any GCSE passes above grade D
    Soham - increasing levels of child poverty and highest level of Not in Employment, Education or Training young people
    Ely (High Barnes & St Johns) - higher levels of anti-social behaviour than would be expected for the population.
    Chatteris - anti-social behaviour hotspot with no other provision for young people.


    Young people aged 11-18 and their local communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been successfully running youth work provision on converted double decker buses in Cambridgeshire for over 17 years. Youth work sessions are extremely popular with the young people and our staff have excellent experience in working with young people in rural locations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alan Webb

    Our Project Manager with over 8 years experience with the charity and more than 20 years experience in youth work.

    Sam Crump

    Our Youth Development Worker who joined us in 2008 and is studying towards a degree in youth and informal education.

    Team Of Sessional Youth Workers

    We have 20 paid and volunteer youth workers who are the vital in working directly with the young people, building positive relationships.