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Independent Travel Training Team

What we do?

We train people with special needs in travelling independently to school, college or work placements. Giving them the skills and confidence to be able to travel safely and independently. This could involve buses, trains or walking. We are also able to provide help in applying for travel passes.

Who can use your service?

If you are aged 14-25, are Staffordshire resident and have either a statement of educational needs or a EHC. Please note that residents of the Stoke-on-Trent city area are not eligible for this service.

Are there any costs?

No. The service is provided by Staffordshire County Council. There may be some small expenses i.e. for travel or drinks whilst training and travelling.

How can I refer?

Please email independent.traveltraining@staffordshire.gov.uk

You can also phone one of the travel trainers:

Rob Powell (Stafford and North Staffs)
07814 291496

Tonya Castree (South and East Staffs)
07815 702014

What happens after referral?

We will ask for some more details about the person being referred, explain more about our service and arrange to carry out a home visit and complete an assessment of the person.

Who will we see?

One of our two travel trainers; Tonya Castree or Rob Powell.

What happens when I come to the service?

We will carry out an assessment of the individual’s suitability for training and identify an appropriate route and means of travel. We will arrange with families and schools the appropriate times to begin training.

What happens when I become an adult?

Our service is open to anyone up to the age of 25.

How do I find out more?

Please contact the travel training team either by e-mail or phone on the details above.

For further information, please see our YouTube video about using public buses. 

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