The I Can & I Am Bus

The I Can & I Am team visit schools around the South West on board the buses working with pupils and staff, providing valuable tools to help improve self-esteem and maintain good mental health. 

The buses have a fully fitted kitchen downstairs and casual seating upstairs which provides a novel, fun setting which is engaging for all pupils. They are designed to provide a mix of practicality with a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.  

Sessions on board begin with a session cooking pizza which stimulates a sense of togetherness and creativity with a simplicity ensuring that everyone has a sense of achievement. We then run small group workshops on the top deck where we discuss how each individual can maintain their own sense of self-belief.

We work with whole year groups or select pupils from both primary,  secondary and SEN schools as well as with staff.  We also extend our bus vists to work with charities, universities and businesses around the South West for one or more days. 

What happens on the bus?

The key to I Can & I Am’s approach is its simplicity. The messages are simple but effective and are relevant to a huge cross section of the population regardless of age and background.  The engaging way in which the messaging is incorporated in to the workshop / pizza making combination on board the buses ensure that the messages are memorable as well as relevant.

The message is based on the idea that we all have a metaphorical ‘balloon’ within us. When this is full of air, we feel good about ourselves, we have self-confidence, and we are resilient.  Everyone has experienced the feeling of a deflated balloon and most have experienced the power of balloon inflation after adopting the I Can & I Am tools. This enables the methodology to be easily embedded in to a school community since it has relevance not only to the pupils but also to the parents and staff.

Above all, everything is underpinned by fun, positivity, empathy, and passion for what we do.  We are experienced and empathetic professionals who understand young people and how life can sometimes be difficult. Therefore, the emphasis is always on finding ways to move forward positively.

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This one minute film demonstrates the impact a visit by the I Can & I Am bus can make.

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A short video outlining what happens on board the bus

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