Adventure Begins was a collaboration project led by Inclusion North, partnered with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, 100% Digital Leeds, and the LeedsBID digital initiative, Leeds Boost.

The Journey Makers Adventure Begins event took place in Leeds on 3rd July and focused on addressing the barriers to travel for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Fun was had in the sunshine as the teams had to spot locations across Leeds



This one day event saw a host of activities taking place, beginning with an adventure story in Leeds Kirkgate Market, followed by a session on ‘how to plan your journey’. Split into groups, the teams then embarked on their own adventure – a treasure hunt across the City, that led them to Leeds Central Library where they explored useful travel apps, experienced virtual reality and shared their experiences.

“We know that people with a learning disability have a higher risk of being lonely and socially isolated. They are also amongst the most digitally excluded. #AdventureBegins was borne out of the Talking Travel group wanting to support people to become more confident travellers and was wonderfully supported by a partnership of organisations who came together to create an event that was about inspiring people to have adventures, to get to know their community and to travel with confidence.”

Lucy Virgo – Inclusion North

The objective of this project was about helping to promote choice and independence for people with hidden or physical learning disabilities and/or autism, and sparking the sense of adventure, building confidence and the new opportunities they can explore with the aid of tools such as their mobile phone, apps, and planning ahead.

Service users from Leep1 gained confidence in using travel apps

“Ryan loved this! We need events like this that are actually having an impact.”

Ryan’s Dad

For people with learning disabilities and/or autism, exploring a new place, a trip to the cinema, a bus ride into town can often have its barriers. The physical barriers of how to get from A to B, and the knowledge and confidence to make that journey. The Adventure Begins event was designed to give people with learning disabilities and/or autism an opportunity to explore more. To ‘try-out’ new things, to learn some great tips on how to plan a trip, discover helpful digital tools and apps and most importantly boost confidence and have fun whilst starting this new adventure.

The event saw over 40 participants actively engaging and benefiting from the experience, 6 transport related businesses had a stall, and almost 100 people attended the event.