SOS Buses

About the project
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The Southend YMCA SOS Bus is a nationally recognised service. It was honoured to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary service) and the High Sheriff of Essex Cup for furthering community safety.


The bus has a proven track record of supporting people using the night-time economy (in Southend and Basildon) offering first aid, a listening ear, and information, advice and guidance. 


The bus is regularly seen at large scale events across Essex providing a place of safety and first aid, from outdoor festivals through to the Christmas lights switch-on.


Our highly trained staff and volunteers provide professional first aid. For enquiries about first aid support, courses and volunteering, please find contact details below.​

How we can help

The SOS Bus is a pillar of the community, providing services for Councils including Southend Borough Council and Basildon Council since 2005.

The SOS Bus is dedicated to the advancement of first aid knowledge across Essex and has been providing a range of courses to help local individuals and organisations to meet health and safety requirements, empower their personnel and ultimately, save lives.

Find out more about our First Aid courses

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Want to be a part of something special?

Contact us today about this project...


Phone: 01702 431676 or 07790 869003 (John Bastin)

You can view our Welcome Pack and Policies here