With special funding from the Federal Transit Administration, GPCOG is working with partners to develop and pilot a Travel Helpers Training. This training module for staff of human services and healthcare agencies will prepare them to offer travel training to their clients and patients. Travel training is the practice of teaching people about transportation options and how to travel independently on public transportation – including paratransit.
The Travel Helpers Training will:
Support case workers and patient navigators – and other who work with individuals – to gain the knowledge and tools needed to help clients and patients safely and independently access transportation.
Use inclusive practice to ensure that the training module is informed by the needs and experiences of underrepresented communities.
Provide the model for a "train-the-trainer"-style travel training program that can be used in Southern Maine – and across the state of Maine.