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Travel with confidence

The aim of our Travel with confidence project is to create the ultimate resource for accessible travel information.

Thanks to a successful funding bid with Motability, we’re excited to announce the launch of our Travel with confidence project, a new initiative aimed at addressing the challenges faced by people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) when accessing public spaces and transport facilities.  Our goal is to empower the SCI community by providing the knowledge and skills to enhance access, independence, and confidence in all their journeys, whether near or far.

We’re currently in the discovery phase of the project and want to actively engage with the spinal cord injury (SCI) community and related organisations to ensure that the content is tailored to the needs and preferences of those living with spinal cord injury. Our goal is to make travel easier and boost confidence by providing the resources and support that travellers with spinal cord injury need to enjoy their journeys fully.

This could encompass a wide range of needs, from accessing mobility aids to navigating public transport, taxis, parking and airports. We are open to all suggestions to ensure comprehensive coverage. The content format may include a mix of videos, fact sheets, animations, and audio clips, catering to diverse preferences and requirements.

Ways you can get involved

  • Complete and/or share our survey

To find out more about what people want we have created three surveys.  Just click on the link that applies to you.

Survey for people living with spinal cord injury and their supporters

Survey for healthcare professionals

Survey for people working within wheelchair services

Closing date for all surveys is Monday 31 July.

  • Take part in a focus group

We are also launching focus groups as part of the Travel with confidence project and are looking for individuals with spinal cord injuries and those supporting someone with a spinal cord injury to participate. Your insights and feedback are invaluable to us as we seek to understand travel experiences across various modes of transportation as well as personal transportation.

The aim of these focus groups is to:

  • Gather detailed insights and feedback on travel experiences.
  • Identify pain points related to accessing information and using different transport services.
  • Explore the travel booking process to understand how to make it easier.
  • Determine the most pressing issues in travel

By participating, you will directly influence the direction of our Travel with confidence project, ensuring that your voice is heard and valued. Your feedback will be instrumental in shaping our efforts to improve travel experiences for everyone.

Find out more about the focus groups below.

Online sessions:

  • Thursday 20 June
    Two sessions available; 12-2pm and 6–8pm
  • Monday 24 June
    Two sessions available:; 11am–1pm and 6–8pm
  • Thursday 27 June
    12–2pm
  • Friday 5 July
    12–2pm

In-person sessions:

  • Thursday 27 June, 3-4pm
    The Bowling Green, Friary Road, Lichfield. WS13 6QJ
  • Wednesday 3 July, 12-1pm
    New Day Café, Christian Centre, Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes MK6 2TG
  • Date and time to be confirmed
    Edwalton Golf Centre, Wellin Lane, Edwalton, Nottingham, NG12 4AS

Download an agenda for our focus groups

How to Participate: if you’re interested in joining one of our focus groups, please email [email protected]

Other ways you can get involved

  • Suggest content for the knowledge hub
  • Volunteer to take part in one of the videos
  • Provide contacts to other organisations who have resources we could link to

We hope to have the module ready to add to the knowledge hub by May 2025.

We will keep you posted on progress, in the meantime, if you have any questions please send these to: [email protected]

In Year 2 dependent on the feedback we receive, we will be campaigning on the issues that are the most important to our members.