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Independent Travel Training

What is independent travel training?

Travel training supports children, young people and adults to get more out of life through learning the skills and building confidence to use public transport safely.

Why learn travel skills?

Young people have told us that being able to travel independently brings a wide range of benefits.

  • It gives a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.
  • It is an important life skill which opens up a wider range of education, work, and leisure opportunities now and in the future which young people can access without needing a parent or carer to accompany them.
  • It can reduce the number of journeys young people take by car and help them to be more active by walking some or all of the journey to school.

Who provides travel training?

In the school summer holidays 2023 Portsmouth City Council will be offering Independent Travel Training to young people aged 10-17 who currently receive council funded transport to and from school in a bus or taxi.

Independent Travel Training is also offered at City of Portsmouth College as part of their specialist provision.

If you have a visual impairment, you can access support and training through the Sensory Impairment Team at Portsmouth City Council.

Who do I contact?

If you attend City of Portsmouth College, please contact the college.

For anyone who meets the above criteria wishing to take part in travel training during the school summer holidays 2023 please contact htstransport@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

If you have a visual impairment please contact the Sensory Impairment Team.  Click here to access the leaflet containing further information and contact details.

For anyone over 18 not able to access any of the above, The Community Connectors could help. They do not offer travel training, but they do provide short term support to build confidence with getting out and about in the community, either with walking or using public transport.

They have two eligibility criteria: the individual needs to be over 18 years old and be able to get out of their homes independently.

Please click here to access further information on their web page.

Resources

Parents may also want to help their child develop the skills for more confident travel. The resources below, reproduced with thanks to Southampton City Council, may be helpful.

Independent Travel Training Check List

Independent Travel Training Journey Plan

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