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Rene's story

Rene can now travel independently, helping him to feel more positive.
Rene can now travel independently, helping him to feel more positive.

Rene completed his Independent Travel Training in Lambeth this year – and is now out and about independently. Talking about his Independent Travel Training experience, Rene said: ‘Before travel training I went to school in a taxi so I couldn’t do clubs after school. Now I’m more independent – I can go out where and when I want to. I feel really positive, I concentrate more and I feel focussed. ‘Now, I go to a drama club on Saturdays and then catch the bus to meet my mum at church. I go with one of my friends to church youth club. I’m learning to play guitar and I sing with the group. ‘In the future I want to live on my own in an apartment and learn to drive. I will have to pay bills. I need to work for money so that I can have a family, and then we can go on holidays to many places that I’ve never been to.

‘If I hadn’t done travel training I couldn’t go to the clubs after college, or to any other places. I would be at home.’ Rene’s parent has also seen the impact, saying: ‘I was worried about the training, I worried he would get hurt. So I kept him close for protection. When the travel training coordinator came to my house and I met the travel trainers I felt very reassured, they kept me up to date with his progress, I was happy with the work. ‘To other parents I would say that I was reassured by the information from the travel training team, and I would recommend it to other people. Rene is so confident and he can do so many different things. It’s been very good for him.’