Anyone who has gone for their licence in the last five years or so knows the number of driving hours required to sit a P-plate exam is daunting.
Learner’s drivers must complete 120 hours of supervised driving before they get complete their driving test, and finding the time to meet those hours can, for some people, be an almost impossible task.
Luckily, a new service has launched in Airds that is helping indigenous learner drivers to accrue those much needed hours, free of charge.
Driving Change, which is currently running in 12 locations across New South Wales, seeks to pair learner drivers with volunteer driving mentors who can help them cut down those hours.
Local program manager Micheline Fabila said the service is vital in assisting young people to get their license, which can in turn help employment and education prospects.
‘‘It’s really important to have people willing to volunteer their time to assist young people, 16-25 year-olds, to get their driver’s licence,’’ she told the Advertiser.
‘‘It will help them to further their career choices, as a lot of jobs require driving, and to help people attain their licence helps them gain employment.’’
Driving Change is desperately seeking mentors who are willing to volunteer one or two hours of their time to assist learners.
‘‘Volunteers have to have a clean driving record and also have a passion to want to assist a young person to get their driving hours up,’’ Ms Fabila said.
‘‘Even though the program is specifically targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we’ve been looking for mentors from all backgrounds, which will also help to break down those barriers if non-indigenous mentors put their hands up.’’
Ms Fabila said Driving Change will work to pair mentors and drivers with compatible timetables.
People interested in volunteering their time as a mentor can contact Micheline on 0477 402 363.