About the College:
We are one of the city's largest employers based at four different sites across the city. We offer a wide range of courses from entry to degree level and cater for learners of all ages and backgrounds. We strive for student success though providing knowledge, professional staff and outstanding resources. Our success isn't possible without the commitment and dedication every member of staff demonstrates.
About the Travel Training Service:
The College’s Travel Training Service aims to meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities and autism. Travel Training is a crucial tool to enable learners’ independence skills and facilitating their transition into adulthood and employment.
Travel training helps people with road safety and awareness skills, how to plan a route, look at ways to stay safe when out and about while helping people building up their confidence to travel safely and independently.
Travel training makes a real difference in young people's lives, empowering them with the skills and confidence to travel independently to access the community, to use public transport, public services and accessing opportunities such as education, employment, sport and leisure activities or visiting family and friends. It promotes inclusion and participation, enabling people to connect with others without having to rely on a lift or a taxi service.
It develops people's skills and resources, improves their self-confidence and self-esteem, a sense of community belonging and social participation, promotes employability, and access to an income, enabling people to achieve their goals and to build their life project.
The training we provide covers topics such as how to keep safe when out and about, what to carry when out and about, how to cross the road safely, how to use the bus, what to do in scenarios of missing the bus, a bus broking down, having an accident, feeling unwell, being bullied or harassed.
The training sessions are structured and planned by the training coordinator and are delivered on a one-to-one basis by the training coordinator and the travel buddies / volunteer travel buddies, including training in road safety, road awareness, personal safety, route planning and communication.
About the role:
Would you like a rewarding role?
Can you travel independently?
Do you enjoy helping people?
Are you looking for work experience with young people?
Are you available a few hours per week?
If the answer is yes then you may like to be a Volunteer Travel Buddy!
You will be helping other people to learn to:
Use the buses safely
Use a bus pass
Use money to buy bus tickets when needed
Learn how and where to catch a bus safely
Where to get off the bus safely
Learn how to plan a safe route to walk to where they want to go
Know how to cross the road safely and use different crossings
To be able to communicate with others
Keep themselves safe
Keep their belongings safe
Skills and Qualifications Required
No formal qualifications are required – just enthusiasm and a willingness to support young people to become independent in their travels.
Teaching and training
Opportunity and Recognition
Skills and qualities you will need to show us you have:
You will need to be able to show you can use public transport safely and are familiar with bus routes. Training will be provided
That you are safe when walking and crossing roads *This will be done at your ‘working’ interview
That you have access to a mobile phone
That you can support another person and teach them how to travel safely *This will be done at your ‘working’ interview
You are reliable and on time
Willing to work early in the morning if needed
Willing to work in all weather
That you have a genuine interest in helping other people with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Conditions
A Volunteer Travel Buddy is there to help someone else to learn how to use public transport and travel safely where they wish to go.
You will receive training, regular supervision and guidance from the Travel Training Coordinator.
You will work as a volunteer, which means that you will not be paid for your work
If you do not have a bus pass, any expenses you have in your role, such as bus tickets will be reimbursed
All proposed routes will be risk assessed and mapped out for both your safety and that of the person you are Buddying
Hours: Flexible – to be arranged once working. You need to be committed to a minimum of 2 hours per week during the term times.
Location: In the community. You will be supporting learners to college and out and about in the community.
Skills to gain
Teaching and training
Planning and organising
Opportunity and Recognition
Volunteers will gain work experience of one-to-one support with young people with learning disabilities and autism.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work in a rewarding role, which has a positive impact on other people’s lives, enabling them to develop the confidence and to learn the skills to become independent travellers.
This is a personal and professional growth opportunity, where volunteers will be able to develop their confidence, communication and interpersonal skills, whilst facilitating young people’s own growth, inclusion and independence.
Volunteers will be able to develop their planning and organisational skills.
Volunteers will gain experience training young people to use public transport, covering topics such as travel skills, road safety and awareness, personal safety, route planning, money skills, appropriate behaviour and concept of time.
Volunteers will gain experience of helping young people with learning disabilities and autism to overcome barriers, inspiring and encouraging them to believe in their potential to become more independent in their lives.
For more information please contact our Travel Training Coordinator Helder Pedro on:
07827 280 874