Over the past decade and a half the SOS Bus, located at the bottom of Prince of Wales Road, in Norwich has helped more than 11,500 people. Now the volunteer run service is asking for your help in keeping the service running.
With the busy Christmas party season fast approaching, the SOS Bus needs to raise vital funds to keep the vehicles on the road in order to be able to continue to provide support to people who find themselves at risk whilst out in the city on Friday and Saturday nights.
Jenny Smith, SOS Bus co-ordinator, said: “Without the SOS Bus we wouldn’t be able to provide such a vital resource to the bustling nightlife In Norwich city centre. We need to raise at least £6k to pay for essential maintenance of the vehicles so any donation that people can make no matter how large or small will be very gratefully received.”
“The SOS Bus is the first point of contact for those whose well-being is threatened by an inability to get home, illness or injury, emotional distress or other vulnerability. The SOS Bus and medical unit have saved over 1,500 A&E admissions since 2008, and a cost saving of over £250,000 per year in ambulance visits to A&E.”
The service is made up of a large bus where those in need can access a safe environment with first aid and advice (provided by St John Ambulance and support volunteers) as well as a fully-stocked medical unit (run by paramedics) and a mini-bus for transport support.
The pioneering project which is run by the OPEN Youth Trust was launched out of tragedy in 2001 following the river deaths of James Toms and Nick Green in the city and continues to be at the forefront of major incidents in the city, including the recent fatal stabbing in Rose Lane.
The SOS Bus volunteers will be collecting donations outside City Hall this Saturday 1st December between 10.00am – 2.00pm alternatively people can make a donation by visiting the SOS Bus Facebook page and or following this link opennorwich.ticketsolve.com/products/donation