Click the 'before' image on the left to see how this project came about.
Auckland Youth and Community Centre Ltd took over the management of the Big Purple Play Bus in July 2018. With the kind support of the Gaunless Gateway Big Local they were able to create a job for a local West Auckland Resident and provide an amazing resource to be used in the local communities and beyond. AYCC are the only Youth Work provider in the South of County Durham and we were delighted to be given the pportunity to take on such a project.
For those of you who don’t know the Purple Play Bus who has been aptly named Polly by Graeme who looks after her on a daily basis and deals with all of the bookings and enquiries let us tell you a bit about her. Polly is a 30 year old double decker bus that has been specially fitted out as a fully mobile soft play area. The Big Purple Play Bus is suitable for children from toddlers up to about 10 years old, it offers a safe and warm environment for children to play and explore and for parents to meet and chat. It is staffed by fully qualified youth workers who hold enhanced DBS checks and first aid qualifications.
Since AYCC took over running the bus last July Polly has attended many events in the community, private parties and lots of local schools to entertain over 2500 children. Having the play bus in the community has allowed for lots of community interaction and for the Gaunless Gateway to carry out parts of their community survey to see what the local residents want to see in the area. We carried on the tradition at Christmas and Santa came to visit local children one Sunday morning just before Christmas with over 300 children and families braving the cold to come out and see us.
Polly continues to work in the local community and has lots of exciting free events coming up over the summer thanks to funding that has been by the Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP, check out our Facebook Page for more detail @thebigpurpleplaybus. If you would like more details on how to book Polly for your event the please contact Graeme on 07979001143 or email@example.com or via Big Purple Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thebigpurpleplaybus/