PUPILS at schools in Andover and surrounding area will have the opportunity to engage with the ‘Choose Your Own Path’ bus as part of Community Safety Week.

Test Valley Borough Council, along with partners Yellow Brick Road and Resilience Voyage, will be running a series of events in Andover and Romsey next month to support Community Safety Week.

Taking place from March 14 to 18, this event will focus on working to support and educate young people in helping to deter negative and anti-social behaviours.

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One of the key highlights of the week will be the ‘Choose Your Own Path’ bus, operated by mental health and young people’s group Resilience Voyage. The bus will take a tour through the borough, offering young people an immersive experience involving workshops and interactive activities to help educate them on different topics including the dangers of substance misuse, knife crime and gang exploitation. The programme has been designed to impart important knowledge and understanding in a fun and interactive way.

The bus will stop at various schools across the borough, including John Hanson Community School and Winton Community Academy in Andover, Test Valley School in Stockbridge and Romsey Community School.

There will be an opportunity for the public to take part and visit the bus, when the event moves to Andover High Street on Wednesday, March 16 between 3.30pm and 5pm and again in Abbotswood Sports Pavilion on Thursday, March 17 between 3.30pm and 5pm.

Community, leisure and tourism portfolio holder, Cllr David Drew, said: “It will be fantastic to see everyone join forces to highlight the dangers of substance misuse, knife crime and gang exploitation. I hope the week will be a great success.”

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