We have Bus Buddies working throughout Somerset in schools, colleges and resource centres who provide travel training to students with disabilities or special needs who are aged 14 years or over to enable them to use public transport.
Independent travel training is encouraged for these students, who often cannot travel on their own by public transport. After completing the training, students have increased self-confidence and often go on to make journeys other than those to college or resource centres.
There is no cost for this service.
Referrals usually come from schools, colleges or social workers but you can contact us directly if you want your child to be included in the training scheme.
Your child will be individually trained according to their needs and abilities and there are no set targets or timescales. The training covers how to use public transport, road safety, money skills, stranger danger and appropriate behaviour. Before your child is allowed to travel independently we will make sure a thorough risk assessment is completed.
If your child completes the training and attends a college or sixth form they can choose to apply for a County Ticket. You can find the application and more information on our County Ticket webpage.
Please note that there may be other, more appropriate or desirable, options available to you. All bus operators offer a range of daily tickets and most can offer various types of season tickets at a discounted rate. We advise you to check your options with the various bus operators to ensure the County Ticket is the most appropriate for your needs.