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Sustainably moving forward with One Planet and Transport for Wales

A group of people with disabilities at Cardiff Central train station speaking to Transport For Wales staff

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Innovate Trust’s One Planet project is making waves in the fight against climate change, but with a unique twist. The project empowers adults with learning disabilities to become active participants in environmental solutions through community engagement and practical training.

The project provides many volunteering and training opportunities for individuals to learn what climate change is and to make behavioural changes that will benefit the planet.

One Planet is focusing on eco gardening, saving energy, the circular economy, and eco travel.

Innovate Trust’s One Planet project has been working with Transport For Wales to provide educational visits to improve individual’s understanding of the rail network.

Many adults with learning disabilities have not used trains before and benefit from tailored support around this.

Using public transport improves independence. It also means there are less cars on the road and less emissions polluting the atmosphere.

A person using a walking aid, and another person using a wheelchair, visiting Cardiff Central train station
A Transport for Wales employee waving at someone.

Meeting Transport for Wales

In April, a group from the One Planet project met with Geraint and Clare, Transport for Wales’s Community Rail Manager and Community Rail Ambassador, at Cardiff Central Station.

A person with a learning disability using a ticket machine at Cardiff Central train station with the assistance of a Transport for Wales staff member

The session aimed to:

  • Increase confidence navigating train stations.
  • Equip participants with the skills to travel independently to and from Barry Island.

Sunflower lanyards and orange wallets

Sunflower lanyards are worn in public places to let people know that you may benefit from some extra support.

The orange wallets can be used when you’re on the train and would like some additional support with using your train ticket.

a person holding up an orange wallet and sunflower lanyard

You can keep your tickets your orange wallet. They also have phone numbers to put you through to the passenger assist team.

Our participants got to take home an orange wallet and sunflower lanyard of their own!

transport for wales orange wallet

Accessibility at Cardiff Central

The group, led by Chloe, a member of Cardiff Central Station’s new Transport Assist team, went on a tour of the station facilities. They visited:

  • Ticket desk
  • Information desk
  • Ticket barriers
  • Train platforms

Chloe explained the role of the Transport Assist team, who provide dedicated support to passengers with additional needs. The Transport Assist team work hard to ensure safe and accessible journey.

The group saw the best way to navigate this busy station using a quieter, wheelchair friendly tunnel on the left with lifts to each platform!

Chloe pointed out the new electric train to Penarth. The new train has wheelchair friendly access to the train without the large gap and high step most trains have.

A person with a learning disability using a ticket machine at Cardiff Central train station
a person at Cardiff Central train stations help desk seeking assitance

Travel confident

Chloe was there to answer any questions and the group left feeling more confident with rail travel.

We have many more sessions booked in with Geraint and Clare across Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A group of people with disabilities at Cardiff Central train station speaking to Transport For Wales staff

Join One Planet

Are you an adult with a learning disability passionate about environmental action and exploring new places? Innovate Trust’s One Planet project welcomes you!

Join us to learn, have fun, and make a positive impact together. Get in touch today to find out more!

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