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By Debbie le Quesne

Training that really is just the ticket!

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I wanted some good news. Here it is – not local – but something that could be (funds permitting).

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new accessibility awareness training programme designed to give bus drivers a greater understanding of the needs of older and disabled passengers.

As part of its commitment as a founder member of the Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance, TfL will also be using the training to raise awareness of issues affecting people living with the memory-loss condition.

Alzheimer’s Society comment: “With over 70,000 people living with dementia in London, it’s more important than ever it becomes a city where people with dementia can continue to play an active role and continue to enjoy life in the capital.

‘Many people with dementia tell us that using public transport can be stressful. They may struggle to pay the fare; remember where they want to get off or just get disorientated. This awareness training programme will help bus drivers to feel more confident supporting people with dementia and enable people with the condition to maintain their independence for much longer.”

Thanks for the pick-me-up!

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