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Independent Travel Training

Support offered for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Ealing Mencap Travel Training 

Travelling is an essential life skill; our aim is that all of our students become safe, independent travellers. Our Travel Training Project has successfully supported over 150 young people to become independent travellers in their local borough.

Our team of travel trainers offer 1-1 person centred travel training to students with disabilities aged 11-25 years old.

We work most frequently in special schools but are available to work into mainstream schools and colleges. We work with each student for as long as is necessary for them to be able to undertake their journey independently. Our experience indicates that placements can take anything from 6 weeks to 18 months.

We teach our students to travel independently from home to school or college.

Who is Eligible? 

  • Aged 11 – 25 and living within the London Borough of Hounslow.
  • Be in receipt of travel assistance from the London Borough of Hounslow. 
  • Be in education.

What we offer:

  • Learning a route
  • Road safety
  • Asking for help
  • Problem solving
  • Stranger awareness

We work closely with parents or carers and schools/colleges throughout the training, ensuring everyone is informed, consulted and comfortable with what is happening.

We continue to be involved with our students when they are travelling independently. To ensure they are staying safe on their journey, we offer top up training and support if any problems arise.  

To find out more please email.

Service details

Referral required?
Who needs to make the referral?
Parents/ Carers, School Travel Assistance, Teachers, SENCOs and Social Workers can refer young people to our service.
Age Range

SEND information 

SEND Details

Travel Training is aimed specifically at young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The emphasis is on increasing inclusion in society and pathways to accessing education and employment.


Placements are person centred to meet the individual needs of the student. 

Who to contact

Lyndsey Smyth
Mencap travel training website
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