Working with OnSide Youth Zones to Support Young People
Mistral Group have provided a number of mini-buses to OnSide Youth Zones – a charity with a vision to “give all young people somewhere safe and inspiring to go to in their leisure time.”
Two mini buses have been supplied to OnSide Youth Zones in Wirral and Bolton. The mini buses are used throughout the year to transport young people to life-changing events, giving them opportunities and experiences, they may never have had before.
The mini-buses have been a huge benefit to Wirral Youth Zone who used them to take 16 young people on tall ships for a one-week voyage in Portsmouth, whilst it also took 25 young people to a snow camp; a 2-day life skills course ending with skiing and snowboarding lessons.
They also allowed young people to take part in dozens of sports fixtures including basketball, football and table tennis at OnSide’s 10 UK wide Youth Zones as well as transporting young people on over 50 inspiring trips and excursions. It even acted as a shuttle bus service to transport residents’ families who often can’t travel wider than their local community.
Stuart Barnes, Chief Executive at Wirral Youth Zone said: “Without the support of Mistral and their mini-bus, hundreds of our young people and families would not have been given the fantastic opportunities they have been given. Many young people who access our Wirral Youth Zone have never stepped foot outside their local town and the bus service has allowed us to open their eyes to the wider world.”
Steve Low, Group Managing Director at Mistral Group said: “We are proud to support OnSide Youth Zone and the opportunities that they provide to young people and their families.”
Bolton Lads and Girls Club, another Youth Zone in the OnSide network of centres, also benefitted from Mistral’s mini-buses using it for all their activities, trips and sports fixtures. From bowling and football to basketball and boxing, the bus has played a big part in the lives of young people.
Like Wirral, it also transports young people from their local area to the club allowing even more young people the opportunity to have ‘somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.