Joshua’s Travel Training Story

"I will always be grateful to the Pure Innovations team for helping my son achieve a level of independence I never thought possible."

Travel Training, Disability, Pure Innovations, Learning Difficulties

Dovestones, within Tameside College, is a department for learners with complex and moderate learning difficulties or disabilities.

One Dovestones student, Joshua, recently completed a Travel Training course with Pure and has found that it’s not just about making journeys; its about so much more!

When Joshua first started at Dovestones he was socially awkward and isolated himself from his peers; he tended to gravitate towards the staff members rather than the other students, feeling unable to be a part of group activities or get involved with his fellow learners.

“When Pure first approached me regards Travel Training for my son I was very nervous about taking them up on the offer. If I’m honest, I didn’t think it would work; probably because I’m naturally over-protective of Joshua, but I thought I owed it to him to at least try.”

Keith, Joshua's Dad

Initially, Joshua wasn’t too keen on starting the Travel Training, as he’d gotten used to and even enjoyed being picked up and dropped off by taxi every day for five years. It felt as if something safe and comfortable was being taken away, so he was understandably nervous and unsure.

“I was scared at first, a little, but I wanted to see if I could do it on my own.”

It’s a testament to Joshua’s bravery that he continued with the training, and after the first week’s trepidation he never looked back.

Before long, Joshua’s newfound confidence began to shine through in other aspects of his life, school and social alike.

Joshua’s Form Tutor at Tameside College says:

“Since completing his Travel Training, Joshua is more independent around college; he no longer seeks out staff company like he did. He’s more aware of his fellow students and considers their needs as well as his own. 

He’s been helping others without being prompted, and he’s even willing to undertake unfamiliar tasks which he would have never attempted previously.

The confidence, skills and independence Joshua has gained through Travel Training have had a positive impact on his college life.”

Keith adds:

“I’m still incredibly nervous every time Joshua goes out, that will never change, but I will always be grateful to the Pure Innovations team for helping my son achieve a level of independence I never thought possible. 

I would strongly recommend this service for anyone with needs similar to Joshua’s.”

Joshua smiles as he has the last word:

“I’m proud. I’m happy. I can travel on my own on TWO buses and not be scared any more.”

If you’d like to learn more about Travel Training, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.

Travel Training, Disability, Pure Innovations, Learning Difficulties

Before long, Joshua’s newfound confidence began to shine through in other aspects of his life, school and social alike.

Joshua’s Form Tutor at Tameside College says:

“Since completing his Travel Training, Joshua is more independent around college; he no longer seeks out staff company like he did. He’s more aware of his fellow students and considers their needs as well as his own. 

He’s been helping others without being prompted, and he’s even willing to undertake unfamiliar tasks which he would have never attempted previously.

The confidence, skills and independence Joshua has gained through Travel Training have had a positive impact on his college life.”

Keith adds:

“I’m still incredibly nervous every time Joshua goes out, that will never change, but I will always be grateful to the Pure Innovations team for helping my son achieve a level of independence I never thought possible. 

I would strongly recommend this service for anyone with needs similar to Joshua’s.”

Joshua smiles as he has the last word:

“I’m proud. I’m happy. I can travel on my own on TWO buses and not be scared any more.”

If you’d like to learn more about Travel Training, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.

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