Pictured: (L to R): Lee Chase, Julie Cleall from COAST, Nikki Honer from Morebus and Tom Rice
Morebus is working with Tricuro’s Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST) in Poole to help provide travel training for local people who have a disability.
The bus operator provides bus passes so trainers can prepare vulnerable members of the community for workplace opportunities.
“COAST does an excellent job, making sure more people in the region have the chance to take employment – and travelling independently on public transport is an important part of that,” said Nikki Honer, Morebus head of communications. “We are pleased to be able to support COAST in its very worthwhile activities by providing free travel for its trainers. It complements our customer promise training programme, which all our drivers take – so they are more aware of all our customers’ needs. It was great meeting with some of those who have been helped by this initiative – and learning about their experiences. “I’m delighted they’re enjoying their journeys with Morebus – and I’d like to wish them success in their workplace ventures in the future.”
Julie Cleall, employment co-ordinator for COAST, added: “It’s wonderful seeing the people we work with gain their independence – and making sure they feel confident when catching the bus is key because they need to be able to travel to and from work. It’s a vital tool for increasing levels of social inclusion in-and-around Poole. We teach people which buses they need to take, where to wait, and how to recognise destination landmarks. We also make sure they understand how to board buses, showing their pass to the driver – and even the best places to sit. It’s very rewarding to see them managing the entire process independently – and it means they can make the very best of any workplace opportunities they are offered. The help we receive from Morebus is absolutely invaluable.”
Lee now travels independently to and from his volunteer work in Parkstone: “This has made a big difference to me because now I am very happy to travel on the bus,” he said. “It means I can get to and from my work without having to worry about how to do it.”
Tom, who also completed travel training with COAST, said: “I travel to Poole on the Morebus number 11 and I love it. I can now get to work, or shopping. I know when and where to catch the bus now. It has helped me a lot.”
For more information about Morebus, please visit morebus.co.uk