Ability Travel - travel training for people with special educational needs or disabilities

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Travel Training gives people with special educational needs or disabilities the confidence and skills to travel independently on buses, trains and walking routes.

Being able to travel on public transport is a key life skill. It lets you make choices about how you live, go about your daily life and fulfil your potential.

During training your Job Coach will cover:

  • confidence in using buses or trains
  • personal safety
  • how to use timetables and buy tickets
  • road safety, including how to cope with traffic on major roads
  • what to do when things go wrong (e.g. the bus is late)

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At Optalis we are offering tailored, practical support to help you become more confident using local train travel, in partnership with Great Western Railway and Southeast Communities Rail Partnership

Contact information

Optalis - Ability Training
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Contact Name
Ability Travel
Contact Position
Ability Travel Service
0118 977 8600 0118 977 8600
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Trinity Court
Molly Millars Lane
RG41 2PY
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When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Fridays from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Please feel free to email us with any questions or calls backs on employmentservice@optalis.org 


Session Information
One to One travel training for people over the age of 13

Costs and Fee Information

Contact provider for costs
Help with funding is available
Funding Notes

We can support you to apply for a travel pass and explore other potential funding streams

Facilities and Accessibility

Wheelchair access
Car Parking
Accessible toilet
Additional Information

What is Ability Travel?

Ability Travel is a new and bespoke service which aims to improve the travelling capability of young people with Special Educational Needs and anyone who wants to become an independent traveller. 

Ability Travel provide a tailored travel training programme to support you in achieving your independent travel goals and ambitions

What are the benefits?

  • Increased opportunity to participate in social and leisure activities
  • Improvement of general health and well-being
  • Increased confidence and independence
  • Decreased reliance on specialist transport and parents/carers
  • More opportunities to go out with friends and join clubs

How does the programme work?

The programme takes approximately 6 weeks, but this does depend on individual needs.  

  • Learning the journey and alternative routes
  • Personal and road safety awareness
  • Coping strategies and using technology
  • Confidence building and increased social interaction
  • Handling money and paying fares
  • Increasing the confidence of individuals and improving social interaction

Our travel trainers have a wealth of experience supporting people with learning difficulties, SEN, physical disabilities and people with mental health issues. Our staff have enhanced DBS’ and are first aid trained.

We always ensure we work closely with you and your support networks to ensure the appropriate support, guidance and training is given to enable you to maximise your potential.

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
13 +
Booking and Registration Notes

Contact us to discuss your travel training needs

An initial telephone assessment will be will be required

Provision For

Supporting people with
Mental health conditions
Wheelchair Accessible
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Social Needs
Emotional Needs
Children with Additional Needs
Learning and Communication
Mobility problems
Physical impairment
Other long term conditions
Hearing impairment

Quality Assurance

Assured Care and Support
Local Offer

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs


An Ability Coach can support you to travel on your own on a bus, train, waking or cyclying

Contact Name
Donna Morgans
Contact Telephone
0118 977 8600
Contact Email


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