Young people with learning disabilities launch easy-to-read map for South Tyneside

Students from Epinay Business and Enterprise School Post-16 Unit in South Tyneside have created an easy-to-read map of their local area to encourage more young people to get out and active.

Students from Epinay Business and Enterprise School Post-16 Unit in South Tyneside have created an easy-to-read map of their local area to encourage more young people to get out and active.

Researched and developed by the students themselves, the map highlights safe walking routes as well as areas of interest along the way. Designed for people with and without a learning disability, the map uses key landmarks and colourful design to support young people to find their way around the Jarrow area.

Delivered on behalf of Schools Go Smarter (gosmarter.co.uk) by Living Streets (livingstreets.org.uk), the easy-to-read map project is part of the Move Makers initiative that supports students at five special educational needs schools in Tyne & Wear to lead their own independent travel campaign. Although designed with all young people in mind, the new map does provide helpful information for young disabled people looking to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

By allowing students to lead the project, they have been able to identify the barriers and challenges to walking they face on a daily bases, as well as exploring how they can build more walking into their day. It is hoped the new map will encourage young people in South Tyneside to become more independent and enjoy the benefits of active travel.

Students from Epinay Business and Enterprise Academy launched the new map at Jarrow Cross Primary School during a school assembly for Year 5 pupils. The students then led the Year 5 pupils on a walk, using the new map, to Bede’s World where a celebration was held to mark the map’s launch.

For more information about Epinay Business and Enterprise School’s new easy-to-read map and the Move Makers project, email Living Streets on info@livingstreets.org.uk or call 0191 245 7326.