Independent Travel Training: Safer Routes to Learning
|When:||Training times to be agreed with each student|
|Where:||Training is provided on 1:1 basis in the local community with our Independent Travel Trainer|
|Access:||Eligibility criteria applies: Service provided to students with Special Education Needs, aged 12 years and over. Priority places to students who have completed relevant life-skills training and who receive travel support provided by the local authority in Merton|
|Referral:||Referral by school, college or training provider|
The ability to travel independently is very important. Travelling to school, college, work, to see friends and to access local services - in fact, to move around the community is something many of us take for granted.
However, many people with a learning disability find it difficult to travel independently. Negotiating busy roads, identifying the correct bus to board and liaising with the public can present huge challenges.
This is where Safer Routes to Learning comes in.
The London Borough of Merton has commissioned Merton Mencap to support young people with a learning disability to be able to travel independently between home and their place of education or training. The aim is to provide young people with the skills they need to confidently travel on their own, removing the need for transport to be provided for them and supporting their greater independence. Attaining the confidence and skill to travel independently at a young age can open a world of possibilities for their life.
Through practical, individual support, our Independent Travel Trainer accompanies each young person with a learning disability between home and their place of education or training, instructing them how to travel safely. The young person's progress is monitored and tracked until we feel they have demonstrated the required skill to travel the route independently.
Merton Mencap provides this service to students attending schools and colleges in Merton (and some surrounding areas), including Cricket Green School, Raynes Park High, Ricards Lodge High, Rutlish, South Thames Crossroads and Carshalton College.
If you are a young person with a learning disability (or a parent) either living or being educated in Merton or some surrounding areas, and you would like more details about the service, please get in touch by contacting our Independent Travel Trainer, Sara Gibbens, on:
Direct: 020 8687 4661