January 26 2011
Travel Training delivered at Portland
Portland College are currently working with Stagecoach East Midlands who have very generously provided one of their low floor buses to enable the College to deliver independent travel training.
The Stagecoach bus route from Mansfield to Nottingham is extensively used by many of the students at the College. However some students lack the confidence or experience to get on and off public transport effectively without assistance, so may avoid using the bus and thereby limit their independence. Part of the curriculum at the College is designed to help educate in students in this key life skill and develop their ability to handle such situations effectively and without causing distress.
Independent Travel Training is usually delivered at the College utilising public buses on the Pronto bus route, but this new project is aimed at providing similar training at the Nottingham Road campus. One of the Stagecoach fleet will visit Portland every Wednesday morning for six weeks to allow students to practice accessing a public bus, increasing their confidence in a safe environment.
Maxine Bell, Occupational Therapist, says of the project, “We are delighted to once again have the support of Stagecoach and their buses. Delivering this training means that our students can gain the skills and confidence needed to access public transport within an environment in which they are comfortable and safe, before attempting to further this development on the Mansfield to Nottingham route.”
Wayne Lively, Stagecoach East Midlands Training Manager adds, “Stagecoach East Midlands is committed to encouraging more people to use buses as an alternative to making journeys by car, which will help to reduce congestion and pollution in our towns and cities. Part of this process includes providing support to individuals to give them the confidence and skills to travel by bus where this may be a new experience or something they have not done for a while. We already deliver travel training programmes with a number of organisations, including Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils, and we are pleased to be working with Portland College on this latest project.”