Securing the best start in life for our children and young people

Increasing travel independence for children with additional needs

Gateshead Council

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Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council

To help children with additional needs become more independent, Gateshead Council has recruited a full-time travel trainer to support these children in using public transport or foot travel as an alternative to taxis and minibuses. The impact of being able to travel independently on children is huge, as it brings new social opportunities, better health and wellbeing and potential new employment opportunities. Almost 100 children have been travel trained, saving £65,000 annually.