Get out and GOJO over the summer!
Young disabled people across the country are being encouraged to
‘Get out and GOJO’ over the summer armed with a series of
accessible event and listings guides produced by the Disability
The new event guides, which feature special offers, access
information, detailed listings and interviews, are being
distributed as part of GOJO’s campaign to encourage young disabled
people to use public transport to get out and about over the
The new regional guides are packed with ideas and suggestions of
what to do and have free and discounted ticket offers - including
free bus travel passes from NCT and First South Yorkshire,
discounted cinema tickets from Vue and restaurant discounts from
Frankie & Bennys.
GOJO is working with youth and disability groups across the
country to distribute the guides to more than 6,000 young disabled
people this week.
The guides can also be found on the GOJO website, www.mygojo.co.uk, which is full of
hints and tips on how to make a journey, competitions, new video
clips from Abnormally Funny People and a ‘beat yourself against the
clock’ game. The website has already received more than 250,000
hits since its launch in May.
DRC Chairman Sir Bert Massie said: ‘GOJO is all about increasing
the confidence of young disabled people to use buses, trams and
trains. Our event guides have some really good deals and
suggestions on how to get out and about this summer. We hope
they’ll inspire young people to take control and be more
The event guides feature national listings information as well
as regional information for the cities and wider regions of
Manchester, Nottingham, Exeter, Newcastle and Sheffield.
Businesses and organisations offering discounts and free tickets
to young people this summer include the Lawn Tennis Association,
the Exeter Summer Festival and the Masters football tournament as
well as local cinemas, theatres and swimming pools.
For further information or interviews with campaign spokespeople
please contact the DRC Press Office on 0207 543 7099.
Notes to Editors
· GOJO launched in May
with stand-up comedy gigs on buses. Video clips featuring the gigs
by Abnormally Funny People have received nearly 1,500 viewings on
video site You Tube www.youtube.com/gojovids
· The campaign follows
changes to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) introduced in
December 2006 which gave disabled people the right, for the first
time, to fair treatment on public transport. It also comes as more
than £600million has been spent by transport providers to make
vehicles more accessible to disabled people.
· An Ipsos Mori poll
for the DRC in January 2007 found that more than twice as many
(11%) young disabled people said they lacked confidence using buses
and trains compared to (4%) of non disabled young people who said
they lacked confidence.