Bar ‘n’ Bus is a Christian charity working with young people throughout Essex.

We provide professional, community based youth and community work providing support programmes and services for young people aged 10-19.

Work includes:

  • Detached Youth Work – on the street, engaging young people in the places they choose to gather
  • Targeted Youth Work Programmes – e.g. healthy relationships work, complimentary education reducing risk of exclusion, wellbeing programmes
  • In-School Mentoring – trained volunteers providing 1-2-1 to young people during the school day

We work in partnership with local churches, schools, councils and groups to provide professional, community-based youth work, seeking transformation and fullness of life for young people. We employ professional youth workers as well as recruiting, training and supporting teams of volunteers to offer a wider provision of community youth work.

Our heart is to provide programmes for young people in the location of their choosing, rather than bringing them to our own venues. A large amount of our work takes place ‘on the street’ with detached youth workers engaging young people in parks, high streets and playgrounds, as well as utilising mobile youth vehicles for outreach sessions. We also provide a large amount of in-school support with a growing volunteer mentoring programme, bespoke group work and outreach programmes.

Update: We have been working hard throughout the Covid-19 outbreak to support young people in our communities. Read more about our response here.

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