Travelling to our Youth Zone Safely
Young people at The Way Youth Zone took part in a training session with National Express West Midlands and Transport for West Midlands to help them to travel more independently.
This training not only promotes independence and life skills, it increases the confidence in young people and helps them feel safer in their communities.
Eight Senior members of the Youth Zone were collected by a National Express West Midlands bus and driven to the Wolverhampton bus station by driver Richard, to learn about how to keep safe, how to purchase tickets and how to find the correct bus service for your destination. Most importantly, they were taught how to catch the bus to our Youth Zone!
As well as an important life skill, travelling on public transport can contribute to improved physical fitness and environmentally friendly habits, as it increases walking and reduces carbon emissions.
One of the senior members who took part said, “I don’t use the buses very often and I’ve never used them on my own. This was really good to find out where I need to go to catch the right bus and how to get home if I ever need to. “
Chris Raybould, UK Community Engagement Coordinator for National Express, said, “It’s really important that we’re out in the community working together with local organisations like The Way Youth Zone to help young people feel more confident in using buses and travelling independently.
“We are pleased we could help by providing a National Express West Midlands bus for this event and our driver thoroughly enjoyed taking the group on their special trip to Wolverhampton bus station.”