Travelling independently

Travelling Independently

School children at a bus stop

Having the confidence and skills to travel independently can make such a positive difference to young people’s lives.

DABD’s Travel Training programme helps young people with disabilities, special educational needs (SEN) or additional needs develop coping strategies and road and personal safety skills so that they can make the journey to their place of education independently. This could be by walking or using the bus, train or tube or a combination of several transport modes.

Our Travel Training programme is designed to create long-term positive effects which can support young people through their transition into adulthood. This includes improved:

  • social interaction skills
  • life skills
  • self-esteem
  • management of fears and anxieties
  • responsibility
  • road safety awareness
  • time management
  • coping strategies
  • communication skills

🚌🚍 Become A Travel Trainer today! 🚍🚌

Do you want to make a difference in young people's lives?

We have an exciting opportunity to join our successful Travel Training Project teaching young people with disabilities to travel independently to and from school or college using public transport, living within the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering and Newham.

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What's involved?

If your child is referred to our Travel Training programme, we’ll meet with you as a family to discuss a personalised travel plan for your child which takes their needs into account.

Your child will have their own Travel Trainer allocated who will accompany them on their journey to school or college over an eight to twelve week period until we are happy that they can do this journey on their own.

An excellent service. I feel this service is a vital part of gaining independence for vulnerable young adults like my daughter.

Ruji, Mother of Travel Training student

Travel Training made my son’s independence possible.

Annette, Mother of Travel Training student

Kerry, our Travel Trainer, was very helpful and encouraging for my son. He felt more confident after the training.

Dianne, Mother of Travel Training student

To Anita; thank you for helping me become more independent – it’s been great!

Travel Training student​

How does travel training change lives?

It's no secret that Travel Training can really benefit the lives of those who take part. Below is a video highlighting Jamie's story, and how Travel Training has helped him become more independent.

For more information on the referral process and the Travel Training programme, please call our office: 0330 054 2500 or email