Background & Objectives
Train-the-Trainer is a method which helps to find multipliers for the idea of using public transport and also a way of spreading information in accordance with the specific demands of the target group.
Partners are a special trainer, own staff members, the police and institutions for elderly people. Currently, LNO recruited complimentary trainers and prepared the first instructions which took place at the beginning of October, 2009.
After the first instruction of the trainers has taken place, they are free to choose dates of circulating the information. LNO of course supports them (e.g. through technical devices, instruction material…).
The activity takes place in the framework of the European Project ICMA (Improving Connectivity and Mobility Access) in which LNO participates; in this context, the activity is supported by rundum mobil (Switzerland).
With its programme for elderly passengers, LNO reacts to demographical changes. Mobility is a need that does not disappear when people get older but their possibilities of being mobile are continually decreasing: Many elderly people are not able or willing to drive a car because of increasingly stressful traffic or because it is too expensive – or they do not feel physically fit.
In order to still participate in social life, mobility can be provided by public transport. Thus, the programme aims at informing elderly people about the opportunities public transport offers and also tries to help to minimize mental barriers in the face of the use of buses and trains.
The specific target of this measures is to give elderly people a chance to participate in social life by means of mobility and to support a stronger use to capacity of public transport in order to reach a more environmentally friendly mobility. Moreover, LNO is convinced that it is easier to learn from peers, particularly for the target group of elderly people.
Most importantly, people aged 55 and older are addressed by those measures. LNO tries to target those elderly people who are still living unaffiliated or those who live in homes for aged but maintain a high percentage of physical mobility.