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04 Sep 2016
A fun filled day on 1st September 2016 saw the users of Mencap and the Woodhouse Development Trust attend the Lifewise interactive centre where they experienced the live set studio in Hellaby, Rotherham.
The day saw different public services of the community all come together with Supertram, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. The aim was to raise awareness to these vulnerable people on subjects including safety of the Supertram, household and fire safety. They even a chance to enter the emergency service vehicles and have a spray with the fire-fighters hose.
Treana Hudson, Customer Service Coordinator at Stagecoach Supertram, said: "The safety of our passengers is always our first priority, so we're delighted to have taken part in the safety fun day.
“We're conscious that our more vulnerable customers and their carers face a range of obstacles when using public transport so we're looking forward to helping them to travel more easily.
“We demonstrated the best ways of boarding and exiting our services, introducing the passengers to priority seating and wheelchair use on board, showing how to use the request to stop and door release buttons as well as advising what to do if they forget their travel passes’’.
Community Safety Project Officer for SYP, Andy Foster, said: “It is important the Lifewise partnership engage with vulnerable members of our community, and we are all delighted to be working with Sheffield Mencap and the Woodthorpe Development Trust, as well as with Stagecoach Supertram.
“This was the first time we have worked with each organisation and all those involved have worked extremely hard to make it happen. Partners delivered key safety messages during the event, with the aim to ensure all those attending had an informative and safety fun filled day.”