The Basildon SOS Bus is located at Festival Leisure Park every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm until 3am, helping vulnerable people at the site well into the early hours.
It acts as the first point of contact for those whose well-being is threatened by an inability to get home, illness or injury, emotional distress or vulnerability.
The bus is being run by the YMCA, who manage the Southend SOS Bus, and manned by trained first aid volunteers. Staff have access to the medical centre on the downstairs of the bus for those presenting minor injuries, ensuring less serious problems are treated on the spot rather than going to hospital. The bus offers support to individuals at Festival Leisure Park, helping the overall night time economy and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol misuse, therefore reducing the number of alcohol related arrests or admissions to hospital.
During the week the bus travels around the district promoting awareness of health issues, drug and alcohol misuse, benefits advice, housing, community safety and services for children and young people.