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Double award for Wiltshire Council team that helps young people with SEND to travel independently

November 8, 2021 3:00 PM
By Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council has scooped two national awards for its innovative work to help young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities travel to work or education and gain general independence.

Last night (4 November) The Employment and Community Skills Team won the Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education Award and also the Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award - Team at a special awards ceremony by Modeshift, which shares best practice in sustainable travel.

The Employment and Community Skills Team won the sustainable travel award for the 'Get Connected' project, which started four years ago to support young people with SEND who wanted to travel independently to ensure they had the skills to do so safely.

The team works with, up to six special schools in Wiltshire, supporting young people to learn road awareness and safety in a classroom setting through worksheets, interactive tools and multiple-choice tests before taking that knowledge out for practical sessions local to the school and further afield. This can be for travel to school, post-16 education, for general confidence or to go to community events.

The second accolade was the sustainable travel award - team. This was in recognition of the team's work with people with disabilities aged 14+, to support them on their pathway to paid employment, or as close to that as possible. The support includes independent travel training to further education, to community access, voluntary work and Supported Internship. Finally there is also training for support for travel to paid employment. The support helps inspire confidence, good mental health, increased wellbeing, choice and control, transferable skills, social interaction and economic wellbeing.

Double award for Wiltshire Council team that helps young people with SEND to travel independently - Wiltshire Council