Our second objective would be to refurbish the vehicle to be fully functional in exterior and interior so it may comfortably be transformed into our intervention campaigns, for this phase we would need to raise £6000.
Our third objective would be to buy the equipment and pay developers to create our VR application to transform the downstairs space into a VR interactive prison cell experience this will be used to raise awareness within children the true cost of crime and for this, we would need to raise £12,500.
Lastly, our fourth and final objective would be to then get the equipment to use the top deck as a fully functional studio to show the youth other routes of lifestyles and to have a functioning online podcast. And to finally complete our 'Made In London' bus and get it on the road we would need a final £9,500.
Made in LONDON is a multi-media training and intervention project delivered into the community on board a purpose-built double-decker bus, to help disadvantaged young people, and those at risk of exclusion from school, out of education, employment or training and at risk of offending, to change their lives for the better and reduce anti-social behaviour.
Our programmes are designed to reflect the lifestyle activities of a media-literate generation, we harness their ambitions, passions and interests with a series of exciting, upbeat and hands-on media projects that are carefully interwoven with lived experience intervention programmes.
Similar to the "Choice Bus", which contains a full- scale replica of a prison cell that is hidden behind a curtain and a flat-screen television. The "Made in London" bus, will be converted and customised into a 21st Century, state of the art virtual reality (VR) behind the door prison experience in addition the bus has a café, soundproofed studio, workshop space so that the students can take part in a range of media training courses that will give them the skills and tools necessary to develop their creativity and to turn their passions into professional success.
During the last 30 minutes of each training session, we will have a hard-hitting intervention interlude, dealing with drug dealing, knife crime, gang membership, drug and alcohol abuse and the criminal justice system. These interludes will be delivered by high-status ex-offenders who have ‘lived experience’ in their community and have trod in their shoes.
The Made in LONDON buses will travel into the heart of the community so that we can attract those who need us most and working alongside local Youth Offending Teams, Pupil Referral units, Social Services, Police, Schools and Community services, we will make a difference.
For those taking part free healthy food will be provided and on satisfactory completion of the programme each student will be rewarded with a pair of Nike/Addidas trainers.
Launching with Made in HACKNEY in the spring of 2022, we plan to extend the programme with a fleet of buses so that programmes can be delivered across all the boroughs of Greater London.
1. The bus would function as a radio station. They would travel to different areas of London/ UK with a different artist every month performing in that area. Radio broadcast would be on radio frequency, and online platforms (Youtube, Instagram, FB live etc)
2. When the bus is not being used as a radio station, it will be used by underprivileged youths as a recording studio, to record their potential music and accompanying videos.
3. Programs will be offered in music production and recording that teens can sign up to attend online before the actual recording offers to begin.
4. A competition for best recording and music video can be offered at the end of the month with either monetary or product giveaway from sponsors, plus the opportunity to perform live on the radio and exposure to the radio’s listeners.
5. As well as performances from artists bringing light to the cause, our APF mentors will also have their own podcast and talk show. They would take calls from underprivileged kids or gang members, other ex-offenders and the like and give real life advice based on their experiences helping give mentorship not only on a one to one basis but also that can be accessed online for many others that may need the same advice.
6. On radio off days, the bus can be used as a travelling food bank to bring food from supermarket sell-by produce to people who need it the most. We can also provide cups of tea or coffee to those in need of a hot drink and some company to ease the loneliness the Covid lockdown has brought to many. Volunteers for this would be from the foundation as a rehabilitation project for ex-offenders to give back to the community.
Minimal people will be allowed on the bus during performances/recordings/shoots as well as mandatory mask-wearing and regular disinfecting to prevent any risk of Covid spread.
There is more to life than choosing a life of crime, AP Foundation and its partners are here to give you a chance to live your dreams instead of destroying them.