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Lochside Mission 316 Bus

Stagecoach donate a customised bus to the Lochside Mission

Stagecoach West Scotland are proud to lend a hand to The Lochside Mission's project to help young people and their families in North Ayrshire get a good hot meal in a safe environment.

A specially kitted out bus has been donated by Stagecoach to the Mission which allows them to expand their project into areas without a church hall or community centre. The bus, which had previously been used as a mobile youth club in Kilmarnock, has had the seats removed and the interior given a make-over, leaving space for the Mission's volunteers to carry their hot food into the heart of the Community. There was still room in the bus for some of the 'youth club' facilities such as an air hockey table to be left for the enjoyment of the Lochside kids!

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Lochside is one of the most socially deprived areas of Scotland and with a population of just over 4,000, many of whom are unemployed or on low incomes, it is an area in desperate need of help.

The Lochside Mission set up in the area 5 years ago and in that time have been involved with a variety of projects with young people and the elderly . They have provided a food bank and offer advice and support to the community through a variety of activities including "Soup and a Blether", "Kirk Tots" and "Family Time".

Stagecoach buses serve the Lochside area on route 3 and 6 providing a vital link to Ayr town centre. Stagecoach West Scotland Managing Director, Tom Bridge said: "We’re delighted to contribute to the excellent work the Mission does and we hope the bus will prove popular in the local community it will serve.”