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Travel training storybook

We're delighted to introduce our new storybook designed to help children and young people with disabilities to travel independently on the bus.

The book entitled ‘The Amazing Journey: Liberty Explores Jersey by Bus’, features Liberty the cow and the story follows her as she goes on an adventure around the island. We see Liberty exploring some of our great attractions such as Coronation Park, Mont Orgueil Castle and Jersey Zoo as well as featuring Liberty’s cousin Daisy who has autism.

The book is written by Marketing & Communications Manager, Lisa Walker, who took inspiration from her colleagues at CT Plus in Guernsey.

“The team in Guernsey had written a story for their travel training programme that featured a Puffin who travelled round the island by bus. We wanted to bring the idea over to Jersey and the obvious character to use was Liberty the cow. The story shows how bus travel can be used to explore Jersey and is a great starting point for teaching children how to use the bus.”

The book has been illustrated by the Jersey Mencap Taking Part Making Art group and their tutor Catherine Seal.

Alex Wiles, Manager of Jersey Mencap, explains how projects like this are a great opportunity for the group.

“Taking Part Making Art has been running art sessions for adults with a learning disability for over 10 years and Jersey Mencap strive to ensure sessions are varied and fun with new projects and exhibitions each year.  For this book our artists took their sketchbooks on the road following Liberty’s journey on the bus and ran art sessions at Coronation Park and Jersey Zoo.   Supported by Jersey Mencap, Taking Part Making Art maintains 6 art sessions a week offering more choice and opportunity to people with a learning disability in Jersey.  Proceeds from book sales will be invested back into the art project.”

‘The Amazing Journey’ forms part of the extensive travel training programme that we run.

Nikki Withe, HR & Community Manager explains what the programme involves.

“The aim of the programme is that young people and adults can plan their journey, build confidence in using the buses and gain greater independence and enjoyment of the island. We work closely with schools and charities to develop personal programmes to suit their needs and it’s fantastic to see the life changing benefits that independent travel can bring to these young people.”

The storybooks will be on sale next week from Liberation Station, the Autism Jersey main reception and boutique, Beresford Street Kitchen and Acorn for £3 with all proceeds going to Autism Jersey and Jersey Mencap.

 
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