It’s Road Safety Week: 14-20 November 2022
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event when millions of people get involved to take action for safer roads.
The theme of Road Safety Week this year is Safe Roads for All, bringing together communities and professionals to shout out for everyone’s right to make safe and healthy journeys on safe roads.
At Grace Eyre, our Travel Buddy team empowers people with learning disabilities and/or autism to learn to travel safely and independently around their communities how and when they want to.
By gaining a greater degree of independence, the people we support take more control of their own lives.
Drama on the Bus
Drama on the Bus is an event that Grace Eyre’s Travel Buddy team offers together with Brighton & Hove Buses.
The event aims to break down barriers and ease anxieties around travelling on the bus. It also helps to train bus drivers on how best to help people with learning disabilities when they are travelling independently or with support.
During the session, participants have the chance to meet and speak to a real bus driver and ask them questions. They explore different social scenarios through a series of drama role plays that have all been designed by and with people with learning disabilities and/or autism.
As part of Road Safety Week, we are running two Drama on the Bus sessions on 17 November.
Making Journeys Safely by Both Bus and Train
Our Travel Buddy team and accessibility advisors at Brighton & Hove Buses and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) recently worked together to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism in making an integrated journey by both bus and train.
This is thought to be the first time that a bus operator and a rail operator have come together to offer a combined in experience such as this, in partnership with an organisation like Grace Eyre.
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Travel Buddy for Young People
Travel Buddy for Young People equips young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make an independent journey. We offer a structured travel training programme, providing one-to-one support over a six-week (half-term) period.
With training in real-life situations made on foot and/or by public transport, travel trainees aim to make regular, independent journeys to and from school or college on completion of the course.
We teach confidence and problem-solving skills with the aid of a reflective practice travel diary and regular monitoring of confidence levels and knowledge retention.
Each travel trainee receives training based on their current abilities and needs and will achieve varying degrees of independence.
If you have any questions, please contact Claire Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07762 890 625.
Thanks to our hardworking Travel Buddy team and our partners for their continued support.