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Customer cash helps youth service take to the road

Customers and staff with staff from Yate Town Council and their new youth service vehicle which was part-funded by Merlin customers

A new mobile youth bus has hit the roads of Yate after receiving funding from our customers.

Yate Town Council’s new Urban Vehicle for Information and Education (URBIE) took to the streets for the first time last week to begin offering support to young people in the area. It’s taken over from the council’s former vehicle which has been retired after nine years.

And customers have helped get the new URBIE on the road after giving the council £3,000 towards the cost of the vehicle at the end of last year. The money was from our customer-run Dragons Den group, which is made up from customers from our Community Action Groups. And last week the vehicle dropped into the annual Community Action Group Conference at Kendleshire Golf Club so customers could see the new URBIE for themselves.

Community Insight and Investment Officer Claire Willis said: “It was great for everyone to hear how the new URBIE is going to benefit young people in Yate and to see it for themselves. It’s been really successful in the past in engaging with young people, especially those who don’t go to a youth club, and discussing any issues they may have.”

Last year the Merlin Dragons handed out £46,000 to community groups and projects across South Gloucestershire. Any community groups interested in bidding for funding from Merlin’s Dragons Den of involved customers can find out more and apply online at www.merlinhs.co.uk/community-grants
 

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