Search

Teens with SEN and disabilities benefit from Havering Council and DABD public transport training

17:00 27 February 2013

Daniel Pollock (on the right) with his parents on the left and the Mayor, Cllr Lynden Thorpe

Daniel Pollock (on the right) with his parents on the left and the Mayor, Cllr Lynden Thorpe

Archant

Young people with special education needs and disabilities are celebrating their independence thanks to a new council scheme.

Havering Council and the Disability Association of Barking and Dagenham (DABD) offered 12-week courses to give the teenagers the confidence to use public transport on their own.

Daniel Pollock, of Collier Row, was among a group of 14 who received awards from the Mayor of Havering earlier this month for their hard work.

The 17-year-old Havering Sixth Form College student, who began training in September, said: “It was hard, and sometimes I went wrong, but now I can go into town to meet my friends and I don’t have to get a lift anywhere.”

Daniel’s mum Dawn, of Collier Row, said she was “really proud” of her son.

“I was very apprehensive at first because he’d never been anywhere on his own,” she said.

“But now Daniel has so much more confidence than before. It hasn’t just helped him with getting to and from places – it’s also helped him to talk to other people. He wouldn’t normally do that.

“He’s really confident now and he even refuses when I ask if he wants a lift because he prefers to use public transport.”

Eighteen-year-old Josie Foreland learnt two different pedestrian-friendly routes to Barking College from her Hornchurch home with zebra crossings – so now she can choose which way she wants to go.

Josie’s mum Lynn said: “I’m really glad she did it – Josie has so much more freedom than she did before.

“She goes out on her own and sends me a text to let me know she’s got where she wants to go.”

Havering’s education boss Cllr Paul Rochford said: “Independence is something most of us take for granted and many of these people have had to rely on others to do everyday things like going into town or going to college, which can be very limiting.

“This is a huge achievement for them and they should all be proud of themselves.”

Anyone interested in the travel training scheme can find out more at www.havering.gov.uk.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

16:28
Paul Allen (first on the right) parading through Romford on Armed Forces Day

A war veteran who travelled from Hertfordshire to take part in the Armed Forces Day celebrations has been left “devastated” by a parking ticket issued to him.

Pupils take part in Havering's Junior Citizen scheme

More than 1,400 pupils from year six classes have been learning to protect themselves from knife crime, drugs, and other potential dangers.

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia at The Oaks Nursing Home in Upminster, with exhibits such as a wind-up gramophone, and a gas mask from the Second World war.
Edna Dove, age92

Elderly residents of a care home were taken on a fun trip back in time when Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia visited with items from yesteryear.

Artist's impression of Romford leisure centre

The design for Romford’s new leisure centre will be “futuristic”, according to the chairman of a design company.

07:00
General view of the Home Office building in Westminster, central London, where the inquiry was initiated. Credit: PA images

People with a link to a children’s home, where dozens of young people were sexually abused, have been asked to come forward to take part in an inquiry.

Yesterday, 17:12
The 'Pride' sign which was passed among colleagues across several of the Trust’s wards and departments

Staff at both Queen’s and King George Hospital have banded together to celebrate their colleagues from Europe and across the world.

Yesterday, 13:04
The man pictured in Romford on Saturday with a t-shirt which read,

A man pictured wearing a T-shirt that read “Yes we won! Now send them back” has been lambasted by people across the country.

Yesterday, 10:43
Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch

The fate of a historic bingo hall should be sealed this week as a planning application to tear down the building has been recommended for approval.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe