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Tolworth garage offers more than reparation work now. Tim Nicholas, a 15-year-old expressed interest in engineering and so carried out a two-week stint working on the buses. JADE SMITH

Giles Stapley, Service Delivery Manager at RATP Dev London’s Tolworth & Epsom Garages, and Rick Daultry, Reparation & Engagement Officer for the Youth Resilience Team at Achieving for Children in Royal Borough of Kingston, explain to Jade Smith the work Tolworth bus garage has been doing with local young people, both in and out of the court system

Five Transport for London (TfL) routes run from RATP Dev London’s Tolworth bus garage, four of which are high frequency. Another TfL route is starting in June, the K3 (Roehampton Vale – Esher High Street), which the garage had before Abellio won it. Tolworth also runs the Kingston University routes KU1 / KU2 / KU6, which are low frequency routes between all the campuses.

The garage’s Service Delivery Manager, Giles Stapley, has been working with Rick Daultry, Reparation & Engagement Officer for the organisation Achieving for Children, creating a partnership in order to provide opportunities for young offenders.

Small groups of up to six young offenders who are carrying out community service arrive on the assigned Saturday morning and are given the task of cleaning buses and removing graffiti, to pay back to the community in a practical way for the crimes they have committed. The idea is that the young people involved will reflect on their mistakes and become responsible members of the community.

Expanding on that idea, Tolworth has been having young people visit that haven’t come through the court system. Tim Nicholas was one of those individuals, and he shadowed the engineers in the workshop for two weeks. His visit featured in RATP Dev London’s internal magazine, Top Deck.[…]

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