School pupils issued with map to help them walk round town

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STUDENTS at a South Tyneside school are encouraging fellow young people to do more walking after creating a new easy-to-read map.

The map, made by students at Epinay Business and Enterprise School’s post-16 unit in Jarrow, is intended to help youngsters find their way around the town safely.

I’m very proud of the positive work they are doing to promote sustainable travel to others across the area.

Coun Joan Atkinson

It was researched and developed by the students as part of a transition year to ease their move from school to college.

The map, using key landmarks and colourful design, is designed for both those with and without learning disabilities.

It provides helpful information for young disabled people looking to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

The project, part of the Move Makers initiative to support students at five special educational needs schools in Tyne and Wear, is being delivered on behalf of Schools Go Smarter by Living Streets.

Students from the school launched the map at Jarrow Cross Primary School, in Borough Road, during an assembly for Year 5 pupils, before leading them on a walk using the map to Bede’s World, in Jarrow’s Church Bank, Jarrow, where a celebration was held to mark.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “This project is a fantastic example of how young people are inspiring the next generation to get out and get active.

“This map provides a useful resource for young people with special needs to get to know their local area.

“It is also a great way of helping to raise their awareness of road safety, boosting their confidence and encouraging them to lead more independent and healthy lifestyles.”

Coun Joan Atkinson, the council’s lead member for children, young people and families, added: “The students at Epinay Business and Enterprise School are real role models for other young people and have shown that having a learning disability is not a barrier to achieving great things.

“I’m very proud of the positive work they are doing to promote sustainable travel to others across the area.

“They have shown great creativity in developing a map specifically for young people that makes walking an enjoyable activity.”

For details, e-mail info@livingstreets.org.uk or call 245 7326.

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