Roads team await funding decision

21st Febuary 2011.'Residents at the Laurens Care Home, which looks after people with learning disabilities, having road safety awarness training from the council to help them live independantly. The training is part of a programme of care that could be axed under government spending cuts.'Pictured L/R: Mavis Brittain and Jess Wilson.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
21st Febuary 2011.'Residents at the Laurens Care Home, which looks after people with learning disabilities, having road safety awarness training from the council to help them live independantly. The training is part of a programme of care that could be axed under government spending cuts.'Pictured L/R: Mavis Brittain and Jess Wilson.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
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TRAVEL workshops which help care home residents with learning disabilities stay safe on the road could be reduced by government spending cuts.

The sessions help people live more independently by teaching them skills like using traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and car seat belts.

The free service is provided by the council’s independent travel team, which teamed up with The Lawrence private care home in Wrenthorpe this week for a safety workshop.

Funding for the workshops programme has been guaranteed up until August, when council bosses faced with £67m of government cuts will take a decision over its future.

Tracey Wilsher, independent travel team co-ordinator, said: “We enable and encourage people to stay safe and travel safely on public transport.

“We work with children and adults with educational needs or learning disabilities and teach skills such as road safety, personal safety, time, money, communication and appropriate behaviour.”

Miss Wilsher and Gemma Wayman held a workshop at the 14-bed care home on Bradford Road, on Tuesday.

Paula Stansfield, manager of The Lawrence, said the session gave residents greater confidence when out and about on the roads.

She said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity to provide people with more information about travelling around independently and safely.

“Wakefield has got some really busy roads and everyone found it useful to learn about how we can all take greater care when travelling in town.”

The Lawrence is owned by independent care home operator Creagmoor, which supports around 4,000 people with learning disabilities, autism, complex needs and mental illnesses, as well as older people, across the UK.