Busoasis is here to serve, encourage, nurture, respect and value all the communities of our area. We work in partnership with various community and youth groups ie. uniformed groups, Calderdale Council, Youth for Christ and West Yorkshire Police, local sports foundations, Staying Well project for older people and Street Angels, to name but a few.
The project is owned and managed by Calderdale Methodist Circuit and is committed to seeing what God is doing in Calderdale and joining in.
Some of the things that we get up to……..
We live in a beautiful part of the world and many of young people are outgoing and motivated, there are, however, many who are unhappy, aimlessly bored, and disaffected, with little to do and unaware of their potential or purpose in life.
Busoasis arrives at each prearranged stop for a number of weeks creating an environment which enables relationships to be built within the community and with the Busoasis team and partners.
It is a place you will find:
A friendly face, a space to chill, a listening ear, a hot/cold drink and a snack.
A place you can come to
Discover God’s love for you, to ask for prayer, to have a laugh, to have a voice, to give and receive support and discuss real issues.
With our partners we also deliver sessions around alcohol and drug awareness issues, fire safety and staying safe.
A place you can also
Watch a film, interact with high and low tech equipment. Be positively challenged with thought provoking discussions. And enjoy talking to people across generations.
We work with some of the above named organisations and churches and others to deliver projects and sessions around alcohol, substance misuse, sport. We can just be a chill out area to chat and listen to music and have drinks and snacks and build community. This work has proven to reduce ASB (anti social behaviour) and reduce demand on services.
The same is true of older people, many are content and happy but there are also many more who, for various reasons, are isolated, depressed and vulnerable.
Alongside our partners we provide:
IT laptop/iPad confidence courses. A community cinema to tackle isolation, to get people out, watch a film, eat popcorn and cake and have a brew and chat afterwards.
A space for the parents and children who use the drop in to provide a safe space and engage the children in all sorts of craft making activities and provide a brew and a snack too.
Night Time Economy and Partnership working
We work with West Yorkshire Police and Halifax Street Angels on a regular basis in Halifax Town Centre on Saturday evenings and some Bank Holidays to provide a safe place for revellers. We provide hot drinks, water, 'spikeys', flip flops, and blankets to those who need them.
This has developed within schools after initial work undertaken on the bus. We now work with Illingworth Moor Methodist Church to deliver prayer stations bi-monthly in a local primary academy and deliver assemblies around 'Open the Book', which brings popular bible stories to life through ‘dramatisation’! We will also be delivering a 10 week course for young people called ‘Unique’ which looks at subjects such as relationships, personal safety, Identity and self esteem etc.
Sharon, our lead worker, delivers iPad confidence courses to older people, on and off the bus. This has enabled them to be in contact with families all across the globe, access services online and social media!
Emergency Flood Hub
Following the devastating floods in our Borough over Christmas 2015, we have been involved in flood relief work for a youth group who had nowhere to meet. Following on from that we are now an official designated mobile community support hub for services to use in the event of any emergency with the Borough.
We share and learn about each others cultures and faith over food and fun several times a year with a group of ladies from Queens Road neighbourhood Centre. This involves showing each other how to make curry, a Victoria sandwich, samosas, toffee, sweet rice and shepherds pie etc.
In May 2016 Rev Paul and Sharon Longman were recognised by West Yorkshire Police by receiving a District Chief Superintendents Commendation for their work with the bus, the citation read:
' for your dedication and commitment to partnership working within Calderdale. Your support and commitment to the work of the police and partnership has helped protect the vulnerable, reduced demand, and helped people be safer, and feel safer.'
This is just a snapshot of the last three years with the bus. We continue to be led by God in this new phase of the Ministry and be obedient to His call.