Get going with GOJO
The Disability Rights Commission today launches the first nationwide campaign aimed at increasing young people's confidence using public transport. GOJO is aimed at the thousands of young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who have difficulties or fears using buses, trams or trains because of their impairment. According to the DRC, twice as many young disabled people say they lack confidence using public transport than their non-disabled peers.
At the heart of the campaign is the GOJO website - it's at mygojo.co.uk - which will provide practical tips to increase young people's confidence travelling on public transport and information on special leisure deals and how to travel there. Plus there will also be info on rights and how to make a complaint if you feel you've been discriminated against under the DDA.
From now until the longest weekend in June - which is the Summer Solstice from Thursday 21 June to Sunday 24 June - young people, their friends and families are being encouraged to take trips on public transport, so as to find out the benefits of using the services and then share their experiences on the GOJO website.
The campaign is being launched in five cities across the UK - Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham. Manchester and Exeter - between 8 May and 14 May, with gigs by disabled comedians from the Abnormally Funny People group.
We get so many emails and messageboard posts about transport here on Ouch, and this sounds like a cool campaign to get involved in. So go check out the GOJO site right now, and get moving on public transport.