Renfrewshire Council

Smart travel project inspires new attainment initiative for young people across Renfrewshire

Launch of Young Scot attainment challenge project  Young people across Renfrewshire are benefitting from an innovative smart travel project.

The Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership will help them to be more mobile and be able to attend groups, clubs, health activities or opportunities which might not have been possible because of distance or cost.

The intiative, developed by Renfrewshire Council, has inspired a wider Scottish Government scheme to tackle the attainment gap.

Renfrewshire is one of the first three local authorities chosen to take part in the new national project in partnership with Young Scot and others, which will enable them to take part in activities and opportunities and get the most out of their Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC).

The project was launched in Paisley today by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, with some of the young people across Renfrewshire it will benefit.

The partnership scheme, which will run over three years and eventually involve six councils, follows the success of an earlier initiative by Renfrewshire Council.

It harnessed the smart chip technology in the Young Scot Card, where bus tickets for local company McGill's were pre-loaded onto the cards. 

The project will help young people to be more mobile and be able to attend groups, clubs, health activities or opportunities which might not have been possible because of distance or cost.

It also offers specific groups of young people Young Scot Card discounts with opportunities focussing on health and well-being. 

They are also offered the opportunity to volunteer and take part in skills development during Year of Young People and at the same time collect Young Scot rewards and experiences along the way.

The project aims to support the Raising Attainment Challenge by improving their access to services and experiences that can help make a difference to their lives.

Park Mains High pupil Rachel McGovern, 16, from Erskine said: "I use the Young Scot card a lot for travelling, for instance when it's a rainy day and I'm travelling to school and I don't want to get wet or when I'm going places. 

"I'm still in school and don't have a job and don't have a way of getting money, so it's not as easy getting around. It's made a big difference and it's made travelling a lot easier and cheaper."

 

Article published 21 August, 2018

 

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