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Local transport initiatives

From bicycle clubs to travel buddies, find out about transport schemes run by locals for locals.

Being able to travel means more freedom, a more active social life, and broader job opportunities.

But in many parts of the country, government or local council support is not enough to enable people to get around and be active in their local neighbourhood.

So, many local initiatives have sprung up to fill the gaps - run by Mencap local groups, day centres, or parents of people with a learning disability who simply want to create their own solution to the transport problem.

We've listed some of these initiatives below so that you can take part, or even be inspired to start your own.

Travel Buddy project

  • Where: Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset
  • About: The Travel Buddy project offers alternative travel support for adults and young people with a learning disability. Travel Buddies are people with a learning disability who teach people how to travel safely, independently and with confidence, including road safety and awareness skills, and how to plan a route. All Travel Buddies go through a training programme and have excellent knowledge of the difficulties that people with disabilities face in their travels. They have a passion for travelling and are deeply motivated to help others.
  • More about Travel Buddy

Ealing Mencap's Travel Buddy project

  • Where: Ealing
  • About: The project trains and employs Travel Buddies who have a learning disability. All buddies are independent travellers, fully trained in how to meet the needs of every person they support. Travelling on public transport with peers  can give people with a learning disability more confident and independence in other areas of their lives.
  • More about Ealing Mencap's Travel Buddy project

Warmley Wheelers - accessible cycling scheme

  • Where: Warmley, Bristol
  • About: This scheme provides wheelchair-adapted bicycles for people with disabilities, and is part run by people with learning disabilities. The bikes are also available to hire by the public. The project promotes independence through cycling and runs a weekly cycling club in St Pauls.
  • More about Warmley Wheelers

Travelmate

  • Where: London
  • About: Travelmate employs people with a learning disability to support others to travel on public transport. The scheme offers peer-to-peer support and paid employment for people with a learning disability and/or Autism.
  • More about Travelmate

If you know of a scheme we’ve missed or want to list yours here, please email webmaster@mencap.org.uk

Harrow Mencap's Skill up project

  • Where: Harrow
  • About: Harrow Mencap's Skill up project supports young people aged 18-25 with a learning disability to get active, gain independence, have new experiences, make friends and gain life skills, including getting around.
  • More about Skill up

Enfield Mencap's travel initiatives

  • Where: Enfield
  • About: Enfield Mencap provides travel training for people with a learning disability, such as staying safe, knowing your rights and practical skills to get about. They also run an accessible cycling scheme. 
  • More about Enfield Mencap's travel initiatives

HF Mencap's Out and About

  • Where: Hammersmith and Fulham, London 
  • About: Out and About is a service provided by Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap, which provides personalised travel support for people with a learning disability. They enable people to develop their own activities across the week with trained support staff. They support people access college, social and leisure activities, learn independent living skills, and participate in travel training.
  • More about Out and About

Mencap Liverpool's travel training

  • Where: Liverpool
  • About: Mencap Liverpool provides workshops around Healthy Living and Travel Training designed to support people with a learning disability to be able to travel independently.
  • More about travel training

Do you have local scheme you want to add to the list? Contact us with the details at hello@mencap.org.uk

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