Many of the young people who attend the day programme do not live in the immediate local area so additional transport arrangements need to be considered to ensure that they can take up the opportunities that have been provided.
11-16 year olds
Any young person aged between 11 and 16 who is accepted into the Hope Service day programme is entitled to a taxi to bring them in and return them home each day if their previous/current education provision is state maintained. Once a young person is accepted into the day programme the Hope Service will arrange transport and inform the parents/carers of the arrangements, when they have been finalised.
16 – 18 year olds
Although there is no free school transport for this age group there are a range of options that can be explored to manage this. Parent/carers may choose to bring the young person into Hope themselves or arrange for the use of public transport. We have, on occasions, supported parents to apply for the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or the equivalent and this money goes on taxi fares. There are some further limited funding streams available to help with transport and, where applicable, this should be discussed with Hope staff when the young person is accepted into the day programme.