York Independent Living & Travel Skills Training (YILTS)


York Independent Living and Travel Skills Training (YILTS) offers travel training to vulnerable people. We work with 11-25 years old who have an EHCP or a Statement of Special Needs and adults in social care who receive support from the Learning Disabilities Team.

YILTS long term aim is to assess the travel skills of all people who currently have CYC funded transport, usually a taxi, to get to school or college; or use a taxi to get to a day centre.
We aim to ensure that training is provided at a time that is right for young person and know that this will vary depending on the nature of a persons disability and the route that they need to travel.
We receive referrals from a range of professionals and we regularly attend review meetings in schools and day service settings. We are involved in assessing people’s ability to travel on their own to ensure that they are as independent as they can be.

We aim to be involved at the planning stage as a person moves on from one place to another. In education this is particularly at Year 6 or Year 11 when pupils prepare to move on from school. Here we will discuss travel plans with parents and young people as they prepare for the transition to secondary school or a further education college.

At Applefields School we plan support with the school and Specialist Careers Advisers as the Year 13 and 14 students prepare to leave so that travel training is part of the ‘moving on’ process for all those who can access it.

We work too with older students as they leave college and prepare to go onto further training courses or personal education programmes, or in some cases, move into adult social care. Similarly we will work with day services and social workers to offer training to adults in social care. YILTS provides a carefully planned programme to support people to manage timetables, plan their route, become safe pedestrians, become familiar with being ‘out and about’ around other people, and understand what to do when something unexpected happens.

We carry out our practical sessions with a student or customer for up to a year. If after this time they is not ready for independent travel we will suggest a delay and hope to get involved at a later stage. We will also provide bus passes for successful students as they begin to travel on their own.

Contact information:

Peta Hatton - YILTS Lead

01904 552083


Claire Rhodes - Yilts 11-25 yr olds

01904 554679claire.rhodes@york.gov.uk


City Of York Council, West Offices, York, YO1 6GA
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Minimum age: 11 Years

Maximum age: 25 Years

Last Updated: July 2019