Go-Ahead Group-owned Oxford Bus Company has provided and assisted in transforming a Plaxton President former training bus into an art therapy bus
Oxfordshire-based charity At The Bus has unveiled its inaugural converted art therapy bus that will tour the county providing mental well-being support to youngsters. The charity uses art as a therapy intervention to support children and young people who experience a variety of life challenges. The double-decker bus was provided by Oxford Bus Company and means the charity will be able to provide key therapeutic services to children and young people in partnership with schools across Oxfordshire to enhance mental well-being, alleviate anxiety, develop resilience, self-esteem and independence.
The charity’s three patrons – artist Jenny Saville, actor Juliet Stevenson and designer Camille Walala who designed the exterior of the bus – were joined by its founder Dr Juli Beattie and Oxford Bus Company Managing Director Phil Southall amongst other dignitaries.
Juli said: “This is a much-needed resource, and we are looking forward to working with children across the county. The mental well-being of our young people is in crisis and At The Bus will make a real difference to support their well-being and education. We are incredibly grateful to the generosity and charitable goodwill of Oxford Bus Company who have gone above and beyond to help make this a reality.”
Phil added: “It is fantastic to see the bus out and about to facilitate this valuable work. The vision and work of At The Bus really resonated with us and we were delighted to help bring the concept to fruition to enable the charity to deliver vital services in our communities.”