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Northern launches large cash scheme to make train travel accessible for all

NORTHERN Trains is launching a £250,000 cash scheme to enhance accessibility and improve train travel for all. The Northern Accessibility Innovation Scheme, is dedicated to opening opportunities for disabled and older people on the Northern network and Northern is seeking proposals from organisations, stakeholders, community groups and charities on specific projects that will make a positive difference to communities across the north of England. The £250k programme will be awarded across a number of categories with 1 project receiving £100k, several schemes receiving £50k and other proposals each receiving a maximum of £10k.

Mark Powles, Commercial and Customer Director, at Northern said:- "We are dedicated to making Northern's services accessible to everyone, and to playing a role in improving the communities along our routes. We want to hear suggestions for how we can continue to do this. I'm delighted that for the second year running we have been able to provide a quarter of a million pounds to our Accessibility Innovation Scheme, which will consider a wide range of proposals involving our trains and stations and will have a positive impact for the north. The fund is part of our wider project to transform our network, giving all our customers a rail service fit for the 21st Century."

Following on from some excellent projects that were brought to life because of the Accessibility Fund, in 2020/21, this scheme will once again be led and overseen by the Northern Accessibility User Group (NAUG).

This is the second year of Northern's innovation scheme and in the last 12 months numerous schemes have been delivered and are improving access for all across West and South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

The improvements have been delivered in partnership with local authorities, community rail partnerships and charities and include:-

A pilot scheme at Buxton station to improve station signage for those who are suffering from dementia.

An initiative to to reduce social isolation and improve the wellbeing of people living in the Region, by supporting them to access their local train services.

Tactile wayfinding for people with visual impairments.

Virtual 360° tours of Manchester Victoria and Blackburn Stations.

NAUG spokesperson, Mark Wilson, said:- "Northern are working continuously to improve accessibility across its network and our user group is proving expert lived experience of disability to support this and we are delighted. The scheme cash delivered some great projects last year and we are pleased with Northern's continued commitment which will benefit many communities across the North."

Northern are providing administrative support and railway expertise, working side by side with NAUG to ensure the success of the initiative.

NAUG is a pan disability user group whose membership represents a very wide range of disabilities on a personal basis and from the perspective of disability groups and organisations reflecting the communities served by Northern

Ideas for the 2023 scheme could include innovations that make train travel simpler and easier, raise awareness of rail services or encourage people to travel for the 1st time by train.

Other applications could include how information is presented at stations or the facilities provided.

For bids to be considered, the proposed project or scheme must be scheduled for completion by 31 December 2023, be fully costed and appropriately researched. Match funding is not a requirement but will be looked at favourably, especially for schemes with a higher overall value.

Applications can be submitted via the Northern website. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until 18 December 2022, with judging and awards taking place in the early new year.


Grab a jab on the Living Well bus this weekend and boost your immunity

THE Living Well bus is returning to Sefton, on Saturday, 26 November 2022, to offer 1st, 2nd or booster doses of the Covid19 Vaccine to Sefton residents and the seasonal (autumn) booster for those eligible.

The bus will be parked in the Morrisons Maghull store car park this Saturday; from 10:30am to 4pm, and residents can come along throughout the day with no appointments needed.

The team will be offering the Seasonal (Autumn) Booster to those who are currently eligible. You can find more details about this on the NHS website. Covid19 Vaccines will be available for anyone aged 5 and older who has not yet been vaccinated, or who has missed their 2nd jab or 1st booster dose.

Jan Leonard, Primary Care Lead for Sefton at NHS Cheshire and Merseyside said:- "We're proud to offer this service, which is led by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to help our busy residents and seldom-heard communities boost their immunity during winter. The bus has travelled to areas in Sefton with low Vaccine uptake and has supported residents with learning disabilities and our homeless population to get protected against getting seriously ill with the virus."

On the Living Well bus's last stop in Sefton, teams gave a 1st dose of the Covid19 Vaccine to 6 homeless residents and autumn boosters to 17, which they said they would have otherwise not have been able to get.

Jan continued:- "We're proud to be able to offer this essential protection and would urge any other residents who haven't yet had any doses of the Vaccine to take up the offer. It doesn't take long, and it will mean you can feel reassured about seeing friends and family during the festive period. Covid19 is still around and the Vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself and others."

The Living Well bus is the 1st service of its kind in England, and travels to the heart of communities to ensure that people can access the Covid19 Vaccine.

The service has delivered more than 7,000 Covid19 vaccinations across Cheshire and Merseyside to date, and has visited locations across Sefton including:- Bootle, Netherton, Crosby and Southport, administering 542 Covid19 Vaccines to residents so far, with 518 of these being autumn booster doses.

The Living Well bus is visiting different parts of Sefton regularly. Find the latest updates on dates and locations by following us on Twitter.

You can find out more about the Covid19 Vaccine, who is eligible, and to book an appointment online or find other walk-in vaccination sites on the NHS website.


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