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Cambrian Railways Partnership gives "A Helping Hand"

17 Sep 2015 | Category: News

A new film produced specially for those with special or additional learning needs has been produced by the Cambrian Railways Partnership along with Arriva Trains Wales, and in conjunction with Derwen College, Gobowen, and Coleg Ceredigion, Aberystwyth.

Called 'A Helping Hand', this is the second short information film produced by the partnership and is one of the first resources of it's type anywhere in the UK. The film provides information on how to plan and organise rail journeys, how to book assistance on the UK rail network, and how to use the Orange Wallet Scheme.

"This is a project that we're all particularly proud of," said Rhydian Mason, Rail Development Officer for the partnership.

"Having had a great deal of success, fantastic feedback, and positive results from our first production called 'First Class Safety', we quickly became aware that there was the need for a further, more specific guidance resource for young people with additional learning needs, and with the help of students from Derwen College in Gobowen, and Coleg Ceredigion in Aberystwyth, we've put together a piece of work which I think is the best resource of it's kind currently available."

In making the film a number of organisations stepped in to help out, including Virgin Trains, British Transport Police, Dee Rail Travel of Gobowen, Borth Station Museum and noteably the Association for Community Rail Partnerships who provided additional grant funding to us help with production costs. Aberystwyth based AMP Media Productions were commissioned to help out with filming and editing. Jake Evans, storyteller narrated the English version, with Mair Tomos Ifans providing the Welsh Language voice-over.

Sarah Laszloe, Programme Co-ordinator of Learner Voice of Derwen College said:

"Being involved in the conception, planning and making of the ‘helping hand’ film has enabled Students and Trainees at Derwen College to have a greater understanding of the support and services available to them in terms of travelling more confidently and independently as people with learning difficulties and disabilities.  Although completely independent travel may never be a realistic option for some of our learners, the film has inspired and enabled them to be more involved in the planning and booking of train journeys for both education and leisure purposes.
" firmly believe that the benefits of the film will be far reaching in terms of being a teaching and learning resource for specialist provision but also as a training resource for those working in the rail travel sector who have daily interaction with people with additional support needs."

Additionally, both Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM and David Sindall, Head of Inclusion and Accessibility at ATOC have given the film their seal of approval.

Click this link to view the film on Youtube, and see our other films also available on our Youtube channel.

Click here to see "A Helping Hand" on Youtube