Four young people who have special needs were presented with travel training awards by Coun Cath Bacon, at Beechcliffe School before half term.
Kieron Negri (aged 18) and Harris Roberts (aged 17) were awarded their ‘twelve months safe’ awards.
Lucy Hargreaves, (aged 18) received her ‘six months safe’ award, while Hasnain Raza (aged18) received his 3 month safe certificate.
Travel training is a structured and planned way in which children and young people can learn about travel so they can make their first step towards independence. It includes learning about walking routes and all forms of public transport including buses and trains.
Bradford Council’s Travel Training Unit works with disabled and non-disabled children and young people who require support, assistance, mentoring and training to plan and use public transport.
The unit supports children and young people on a one-to-one basis or in small groups planning and practising journeys. They also help with learning associated tasks and skills to enable students to travel independently to and from school.
Nasreen Parveen, Hasnain’s mum, said: “Travel training has really helped with Hasnain confidence. We are proud of him with the way he travels to and from school. We would like to thank you everyone who has helped Hasnain, he’s had great support.”
Coun Cath Bacon said: “I’m delighted to be presenting these awards to these amazing young people. It’s a brilliant way for them to gain independence and confidence.”
Coun Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “It’s good to see that more young people are benefiting from travel training. It’s a great way in which we can help young people gain skills that that will help improve their lives.”
Picture shows left to right back row: Hasnain, Keiron, Steve (trainer). Left to row front row: Joy (Trainer), Lucy, Glenys (Trainer) and Harris.