The BIOS Van, a pimped up supermarket delivery van, visits young people ‘where they are at’ and provides food, entertainment, sports equipment, music and crafts.
Each week the van works with over 350 young people in Swindon, tackling anti-social behaviour and encouraging them to make positive life choices, helping them to have a better future.
BIOS have a long track record in supporting young people and helping them to contribute to their local communities.
Tom is one such example of an intelligent young man with a great sense of humour. At school he was underachieving, not engaging and being unpleasant to other students. After spending time with BIOS youth worker Rosie, he is making much more positive choices.
Tom said: “Since working with BIOS I have stopped getting into trouble – no detentions anymore where I used to get 3 a week. I now don’t do stupid things like I used to.”
The van has been funded by a £65,000 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon’s community initiative fund and has been sponsored and supported by many local businesses, including Excalibur Business Communications & IT.
Chris Priddy, Director for BIOS, is organising a launch event at Excalibur Offices, Stonehill Green, Westlea SN5 7HB, on 24 April for businesses to come and see what the van is all about and how working with the BIOS Van can be a mutually beneficial support partnership.
He said: "This will be a great networking opportunity, a chance to see something different and a fantastic cause to support.
"Come and spend your lunch hour playing XBOX One or PS4 with us, have a cup of coffee over a game of pool or try your hand at an exclusive brand new sport TriVolle. The event is going to be a lot of fun, you need to be there.
"Businesses also have the opportunity to get their logo graffiti’d onto the van for a minimum donation of £20. What better way to promote your brand in a funky way whilst supporting a good cause.
"We are still looking for more businesses to come alongside and lend their support. Any equipment, publicity, branding and activity sponsors are welcome, as are new and exciting ideas to get the young people involved in the project. Everyone is welcome, so please come along for a light lunch and a look round.”
To have your logo in graffiti written on the van, visit www.settings4life.org.uk/biosvan
The vehicle is based on a Fiat Ducato supplied by TH White Ltd. At the handover of the van before pimping in October 2013, James Phipps, CEO of Excalibur, said: "I’ve been working with Chris for some time on this project so we really wanted to get fully behind it and sponsor the great work that BIOS do.
"The van is the ideal mechanism to attract young people and will offer them a host of great things to do. Most importantly BIOS travel to them so they can still provide excellent mentoring and support with the added advantage of entertainment, refreshments and a constructive environment.”
James is pictured right with Chris Priddy, centre, receiving the keys for the vehicle from Steve Woodward at TH White