In 2015, the Abertis Foundation, Madrid City Council and the Madrid Down’s Syndrome Foundation signed an agreement to run the Road Volunteer project for a second time. This initiative has a dual purpose: to improve urban mobility around schools and to bring young people with Down’s Syndrome or learning disabilities into the labour market.
The three schools in Madrid that are taking part in the project are Tajamar, Sagrado Corazón de Jesús and Julián Marías. The task of the 5 road volunteers is to observe and compile information on the transport habits of parents and students at the beginning and end of the school day, whether they be pedestrians or traveling by any other means of transport. These behaviours are then analysed and the information is shared with the school and the student body in order to instil best practice when it comes to moving around the city. Madrid’s Municipal Police Force coordinates and assesses the project in order to work with the volunteers, schools, PTAs, students and their families.
The Road Volunteer project began as a pilot scheme in the school year 2011-2012. Barcelona City Council, the Catalan Down’s Syndrome Foundation and the Abertis Foundation signed an agreement with the dual purpose of improving the urban mobility at three schools in the Sarrià–Sant Gervasi district and of helping to integrate young people with Down’s Syndrome or learning disabilities into the labour market.
In the school year of 2015-2016, four schools joined the project: Escola Dolors Monserdà, Escola Nausica, Salesianas Santa Dorotea and Lycée Français. The scheme employs 4 road volunteers, who get support from the KanGo! volunteers.