Disability training for bus drivers

LIBERTYBUS drivers are to undergo training to make them more aware of disabled passengers’ needs following the launch of the new No 6 service between St Helier and Jersey Hospice.

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Educational sessions will be run on-board one of the company’s buses and are being co-ordinated by the charity.

Cirsty de Gruchy, day hospice and therapies services manager at Jersey Hospice Care, said: ‘We are delighted by the new service being offered by LibertyBus and for the opportunity to chat to their staff.

‘Our training sessions will include information on our services for people affected by life-limiting conditions as well as more practical tips and hints on transporting patients with a disability, such as for those using portable oxygen or in a wheelchair.’

Nikki Withe, HR, training and community manager for LibertyBus, said that she was keen to reassure any prospective disabled passengers who may have reservations about taking the bus.

‘We now have a fully accessible fleet of buses to enable us to carry passengers with wheelchairs or mobility scooters,’ she said.

‘All of our staff are trained on disability awareness and these new sessions will ensure they have specific knowledge about any extra assistance passengers travelling to and from the hospice may require.

‘We want all of our customers to feel confident about using the service so they can gain greater independence and make Jersey Hospice Care more accessible.’

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