LiftTraining is ticket to independence
Gareth Williams and Dan Bennett were at risk of becoming isolated in their own homes because they could not use public transport on their own to access college, work placements, social activities or friends.
Without a member of their family accompanying them, their life opportunities were more limited.
Now that has changed thanks to LiftTraining, National Star’s travel training programme.
Not only does Dan have a social life and meets up with friends, he has a paid part-time job.
‘Dan had few friends and spent most of his day in his bedroom,’ said his mother Debbie Bennett. ‘Now Dan has made friends and they travel all over the place. The training has made a huge change to his life.’
The LiftPlus Training Project enables young people with complex disabilities, acquired brain injuries and learning difficulties to use public transport independently.
The project is run in partnership with Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Office and BBC Children in Need.
Mr Chris Brierley, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, met Dan and Gareth to find out how the scheme has changed their lives.
‘It was lovely to meet Dan and Gareth and their mothers. For me it really showed me why it’s important the Commissioner’s Fund supports schemes like LiftTraining,’ he said.
‘Both Dan and Gareth would be isolated but for the great work done by National Star College and the LiftTraining programme.’