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Getting out and about

Getting out and about

We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies, follow our interests, relax with friends or go out for a day trip with our family.

On these pages you will find useful information about travelling safely, disability related discounts and things to do locally and nationally.

There are a range of activities already listed on our database.  Let us know if there is something else you would like to see on here.

Disability related discounts

Did you know that as a parent or carer of a child with special educational or disabilities,
you may be able to get discounted or free entry to a range of leisure options?

You may also find that you can skip lengthy queues.  Not all attractions will advertise
their discounts, so don't be afraid to ask!  You will need to have with you evidence of
disability - a copy of your award letter for Disability Living Allowance for example.  

Bus information

Stagecoach produce Journey Assistance Cards for you to use if you need a bit more
help when using the bus. They make it easier for you to let their bus drivers know
what extra help you need. You can use your cards any time of the day, seven days
a week, on any of their bus services.

You can apply for Journey Assistance Cards if you have limited vision or hearing, difficulty in communication, special educational needs or if English is not your
first language.  Or maybe you just need extra time or help to find a seat.

Types of Journey Assistance Cards

Their Journey Assistance Cards have been developed with their trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

The cards available are:

  • please be patient, I am deaf
  • please be patient, I am visually impaired
  • please be patient, I have difficulty speaking
  • please be patient, I am hard of hearing
  • please speak slowly and face me to help me hear better
  • please scan my pass for me
  • please count my change for me

Train information

National Rail Enquiries provide information on support that is available.

Access information for our local train companies can be found beliow:

Great Northern

Virgin Trains East Coast

Cross Country

SEN Home to School Transport

Travel assistance is not automatically given because a child has an Education, Health
and Care (EHC) Plan, and many children with special educational needs and
disabilities travel to school without special provision.

However, some children with specific needs will require additional support, often
for an agreed period of time and in such cases we will arrange transport to meet
the specific needs of the students.  This might include various forms of transport
including public transport, taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle and bus/coach.

See our school transport page for more information.

 

Post 16 transport

As part of a young person's transition to adulthood, it is hoped that as many young
people with 
special educational needs and disabilities will have started to travel
independently by the time they reach college age.

However, many young people will still require special provision or support for their travel
as a result of their needs. In such cases we will arrange transport to meet the specific needs of the students, and this might include various forms of transport including public transport, taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle and bus/coach.

See our school transport page for more information.

 

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