Young people from across Clackmannanshire are being urged to claim their free Young Persons National Entitlement Card and Concessionary Travel Card.
The Concessionary Travel Card, which is for young people aged from 16 years to 18 years old and for people in full time volunteer work, entitles them to reduced travel costs.
The National Entitlement Card has replaced the Young Scot Card for 11 to 25 year olds but continues to give all the benefits of the previous Young Scot Card.
The Young Scot Team visit all 3 secondary schools at the beginning of the new term to issue all S1 pupils with the card.
The Young Scot NEC Card also makes it a little easier to get about town. 16, 17 and 18 year olds, or full-time volunteers aged under 26 can use the card to get special deals on transport. These include:
If you are 16, 17 and 18 and have a Young Scot NEC simply show your card when buying a train ticket to get great discounted fares. You no longer need the separate Scottish Youth Railcard.
If you are 16, 17 and 18 and have a Young Scot NEC simply show your card when buying a bus ticket to get great discounted fares. You no longer need the separate bus pass.
Additionally, if you have a disability and meet certain criteria, you can get a Young Scot NEC which will let you get Scotland-wide free bus travel. For more information about the different criteria, and to see if you qualify for free bus travel, visit www.transportscotland.gov.uk
Shopping, eating out, hurtling around a racetrack. You can save you money on almost anything. Check out the discount section of the Young Scot Web site www.youngscot.org for a full list of discounts available near you. Your Young Scot NEC Card gives you exclusive discounts at over 1,400 outlets around Scotland. And if that isn't enough, the card is also part of the European Youth Card Network which means you get over 100,000 discounts in 42 countries. Check out www.eyca.org/discounts to find the discounts available in other countries.
The Young Scot NEC card has a PASS hologram on it, which makes it as credible as a driving license or passport for proving your age, be it on a bus at the cinema or in a shop.
The introduction of www.challenge25.org in Scotland will mean that all retailers will be obliged by law to challenge anyone who they believe could be 25 or under for identification. This will make the NEC card even more valuable in your wallet.
Full-time Volunteers - If you are a full-time volunteer (35 hours + per week) and you are aged between 19 and 25 (under 26) you will be eligible for the Young Persons Concessionary travel scheme.
To qualify you will need to produce evidence from either Project Scotland (membership card) or CSV Scotland (registration letter), also proof of date of birth and address.
You can pick up an application form for your Young Persons National Entitlement Card at Kilncraigs or ask for an application to be posted to your home address. After completing your application you must bring it along in person, with proof of date of birth and address and a recent colour passport photo to Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa to allow a member of staff to check your details. The form will then be sent to a national processing centre, which will send the card directly to the cardholders home address.
If you no longer resemble the photograph on your current card you can also request a photo upgrade by taking in person a recent colour passport photo to Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa.
For further information or an application form please contact 01259 450000.
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000