Young wheelchair users taught invaluable independence skills

THE Albion Foundation teamed up with Whizz-Kidz to provide opportunities for teenagers in wheelchairs to add to their life skills by taking them on a day trip.

Heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, the youngsters were shown how to pay for train tickets, board a train and navigate their way around the town.

"It's about teaching them to be independent so it helps in later life," explained Paul Hunt, The Foundation's Senior Disability Development Officer.

The trip provided an opportunity that isn't often presented to the participants.

"I think it's really important for the young people we work with," said Ray Davis, Regional Services Coordinator for Whizz-Kidz.

"They often don't get an opportunity to go out on their own without their parents."

A day in the Warwickshire town went down well with the explorers.

"I had so much fun," beamed Jonathon Davis.

"I've never been to Stratford so it's like a new city for me.

"I'm happy that I've had a really good experience but sad that I'm going home."

Watch the above video to find out how their big day out unfolded.

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