The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford award Harris (left) and Keiron their travel training awards

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford award Harris (left) and Keiron (right) their travel training awards

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford presented awards to two young people who have used a special travel training course to support their independence.

Kieron and Harris, who are both 17 years old and attend Beechcliffe Special School, undertook travel training with Bradford Council’s Travel Training Unit and have now been travelling independently for six months.

The Lord Mayor will present Kieron and Harris with a special ‘six months safe’ award at Beechcliffe Special School in Keighley on Tuesday 19 July.

Travel training is a structured and planned course of training which helps children and young people make their first step towards independence.

The unit works with disabled and non-disabled children and young people who require support, assistance, mentoring and training to plan and use walking routes and all forms of public transport including buses and trains.

The Travel Training Unit supports children and young people on a one-to-one basis or in small groups planning and practising journeys. They also help with learning associated tasks and skills to enable students to travel independently to and from school.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid, said:

“It’s a real privilege to be presenting these awards to Keiron and Harris. They deserve great credit for completing the training and putting into practice what they’ve learnt.”

Karen, Harris’s mother, said:

“Travel training has really paid off. Harris is now able to travel independently getting two buses, going into Keighley bus station and then out to school. He has managed in all sorts of weather and even got to school on a snowy day!”

Debbie, Keiron’s mother, said:

“Travel Training has really helped Keiron. His trainer put him at ease and explained things really well. The team work in partnership with parents so they let me know how things were going. All in all it was a great experience.”

Councillor Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said:

“Congratulations to Keiron and Harris in gaining this award and travelling independently for six months. Travel training is a great way in which we can help young people gain skills that give them independence.”