Independent travel training

The Independent Travel Team offer travel training to enable individuals with disabilities to travel independently to and from school, college and other social activities.

Our travel trainers work with individuals to identify the level and type of training they require, and then accompany the trainee on their journeys until they are able to travel independently.

What is travel training?

Travel training helps people develop the skills they need to travel independently and safely on public transport, by foot or by bike.

It aims to help people travel on their own without fear so they can get to work, to education, or places where they want to go to for leisure.

Who is the training for?

The training is for people who are less able or less inclined to travel independently. It is primarily aimed at children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and adults who have physical or learning difficulties.

How do you decide who is eligible?

People eligible for travel training will usually be identified by special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), teachers, parents or carers.

People are eligible if:

  • Their needs are caused by a physical or mental impairment or illness
  • They are currently unable to travel independently
  • Being able to travel independently will have a significant impact on their ability to participate in education, training or work placements, or on their general wellbeing

What are the benefits of travel training?

The training has many benefits including:

  • The increased independence gives people improved confidence and self-esteem.
  • Young people become less reliant on parents and carers to take them to places.
  • It creates more opportunities to participate in social activities.
  • People may be more likely to find themselves work or volunteering opportunities because they can travel.

Who delivers the training?

The county council’s Independent Travel Training Team work together with the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership and school staff to implement and deliver the TITAN training scheme across Lancashire.

What does the training involve?

Travel training works by supporting young people on a set programme of learning, which provides advice on all the events they might find on their journeys.

Training might be one-to-one, in groups or in the classroom. It is delivered in three modules which cover:

  • Personal and road safety awareness.
  • Journey planning and preparing for a journey (what to take, what the weather might be like).
  • Leaving the home safely (locking up if need be).
  • How to cope with an emergency or unexpected circumstances (cancelled trains, missed stops).
  • Using technology like travel cards and mobile phones.

Costs

This is a free service, there is no cost to schools or students who are referred for training.

Contact us

Our Independent Travel Team will be making contact with schools and colleges in Lancashire to find out if you could benefit from the TITAN training programme.

However, if we haven’t contacted you or you would like more information, please get in touch with us using the online enquiry form.

If you would like more information about TITAN travel training you can contact our friendly team by emailing IndependentTravelTraining@lancashire.gov.uk.