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Independent travel training

We train people with special educational needs to travel independently to school, college or work placements, giving young people the skills and confidence to be able to travel safely and independently. This could involve travelling on buses, trains or walking.

We can also provide help in applying for travel passes.

Our film 'To Boldly Go' is based on students experiences of travelling independently.  The film aims to help other young people with learning difficulties have the confidence to use public transport on their own.

Who can use the service?

If you are aged 14-25, a Staffordshire resident and have either a statement of educational needs or an education, health and care plan.

Please note: residents of the Stoke on Trent city area are not eligible for this service.

Are there any costs?

No, however there may be some small expenses, for example, travel or drinks whilst training and travelling.

How can I refer?

Please e-mail: independent.traveltraining@staffordshire.gov.uk

Or phone one of the travel trainers:

  • For people living in Stafford and North Staffs, contact Rob Powell on 07814291496
     
  • For people living in South and East Staffs, contact Tonya Castree on 07815702014

What happens after referral?

We will ask for some more details about the person being referred, explain more about our service, arrange to carry out a home visit and complete an assessment of the person. 

Who will we see?

One of our two travel trainers:

  • Tonya Castree (East and South Staffs)
     
  • Rob Powell (North Staffs and Stafford)

What happens when I come to the service?

The travel trainers will carry out an assessment of the individuals suitability for training and identify an appropriate route and means of travel. We will arrange with families and schools the appropriate times to begin training.

What happens when I become an adult?

The service is open to anyone up to the age of 25.

How do I find out more?

Please contact the travel training team:

E-mail: independent.traveltraining@staffordshire.gov.uk

Phone:

  • For people living in Stafford and North Staffs contact: Rob Powell on 07814291496
     
  • For people living in South and East Staffs contact: Tonya Castree on 07815702014

Why not take a look at our Youtube film around using public buses?

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