If you're looking for something different to arrive on your doorstep, if you've been waiting for help to arrive or something to keep you entertained in your post code - whether its urban art, bean bag cinema, personal development workshops, video gaming, music production, counselling, radio podcasting or a chat with a Youth or Family Worker then The RYSS BUS is set to make your day!
Decked out with computers, consoles, a kitchenette, comfy chairs, air con, cinema and sounds, it also includes a 16 seat classroom for touring training and the all important coffee - machine!
As well as createive programming, sport and rec opportunities or just a chill space, fully trained staff will be on hand to provide you with child, youth and family related info, support, referral and advocacy direct to the heart of your community.
The BUS Project is hosted by Regional Youth Support Services, in partnership with FACs, NSW Indigenous Education, Coast Community Connections and Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.
Check out the calendar to see when we will be in your area, or why not ask The BUS to come your way on the contact page? Tell us what you want on the BUS, where it should go and why with our online survey.
Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS), or Gosford Youth Services as was, started life as a youth outreach service in 1986. Local youth advocate and support workers recognised the issues affecting young people and the need to engage with them in their space, on their turf. So they bought a bus and utilised Youth Centres. By offering outreach services directly at the source ‐ information, advocacy and referral on issues as diverse as homelessness, mental health, violence and bullying – RYSS soon outgrew the bus and settled in a more permanent venues at Wyomings Youth Centre and a multipurpose Youth facility at Parkside, on Donnison Street, Gosford. In 30 years, it’s estimated over 15,000 local young people have since been supported through tough times and inspired to greater achievements; helped, housed and celebrated. Kim, now RYSS CEO, has overseen a workforce of three expand to 30+, specialist programming introduced (including for young parents, Juvenile Justice, LGBTI, Abilities and Indigenous clients), a 250 participant Youth Arts Warehouse constructed, recording studio, art room and creative workshops, plus State‐recognised campaigns addressing youth AOD issues and bullying.
Over the years, RYSS has kept up the mobile engagement on an informal basis, but the need has always outweighed the resources. Anti‐social behaviour hotspots need to be targeted, isolated rural communities linked to services and support offered at youth festivals and events. Given the topographical complexity of the Central Coast region, a poor public transport system, high youth disengagement, unemployment and housing issues, RYSS identified the need for a more dedicated Outreach Service to be established, one that could access and assist young people on the doorstep of every Central Coast community.
Which brings us to December 2015 and a 25 year old, former blood bank, Hino Passenger Bus, complete with Hula Doll on the dashboard!
One national exterior design competition later, a partnership with Skills Generator, community funding and a coast‐wide consultation involving over 1000 young people later and RYSS’s latest addition to their extensive youth support team is well on the way to taking its first tour of duty.
After 30 years, in 2016, RYSS is returning to its roots.
So watch this space, because the RYSS BUS is COMING TO A VENUE NEAR YOU…!