Badge to help get dis­abled a seat

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LOTTE COX

PEO­PLE who find it hard to stand on pub­lic trans­port can now pick up a free badge to boost their chances of get­ting a seat.

The ‘Please Of­fer me a Seat’ badge is for pas­sen­gers with dis­abil­i­ties, in­juries or hid­den con­di­tions.

Launched by Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester, it will let other pas­sen­gers know you need a seat on pub­lic trans­port.

The scheme, say trans­port bosses, will be run on ‘trust and mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion’.

To that end, they say they have made the ap­pli­ca­tion process ‘quick and sim­ple’, with no need for med­i­cal de­tails or sup­port­ing ev­i­dence.

TfGM will be sup­port­ing Please Of­fer me a Seat with a so­cial me­dia and mar­ket­ing cam­paign so that pas­sen­gers will be aware of the scheme and know to of­fer their seats to peo­ple with a badge.

Greater Manch­ester mayor Andy Burn­ham said a suc­cess­ful trans­port sys­tem needed to be ac­ces­si­ble to all.

He added: “If some­one is put off us­ing pub­lic trans­port be­cause they can’t stand for ex­tended pe­ri­ods or are wor­ried about not get­ting a seat then it can be a real bar­rier to get­ting to the jobs, shops and other es­sen­tial ser­vices across our cityre­gion.

“This sys­tem makes it clearer to every­one, so peo­ple who need a seat feel more con­fi­dent ask­ing, and peo­ple sit­ting feel less awk­ward of­fer­ing.”

Brenda War­ring­ton from Age-Friendly Greater Manch­ester and Equal­i­ties said not all dis­abil­i­ties and con­di­tions were vis­i­ble an those peo­ple should ap­ply for a badge.

She added: “If you’re on pub­lic trans­port and you see some­one with a badge stand­ing, please of­fer them your seat.

“Let’s all do our bit to make our jour­neys bet­ter.”

The scheme has been wel­comed by Break­through UK, which is an or­gan­i­sa­tion for dis­abled peo­ple, who said that the scheme would raise aware­ness that many peo­ple have hid­den im­pair- ment. She said that the op­tional el­e­ment was im­por­tant as it al­lowed peo­ple to choose whether or not they want to share dis­close their con­di­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the scheme or to ap­ply for an Please Of­fer me a Seat badge go to: www.tfgm.com/seat

Peo­ple who find it hard to stand on pub­lic trans­port will be able to take ad­van­tage of a new badge scheme (in­set) to help them get a seat

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