Volunteer Driver Mentors required in Greater Bendigo

To apply or learn more, please contact Beverley: 0429 834 914 | Beverley.Scott1@anglicarevic.org.au

Do you remember the thrill of passing your driving test and finally getting your licence?

Anglicare Victoria is currently seeking volunteers to become volunteer driver mentors for young people in the Greater Bendigo region to help them achieve that same feeling!

Anglicare Victoria is partnering with the Salvation Army – the L2P Program provider in the Greater Bendigo region – to support young people overcome the barriers to achieving their licence and gain essential life skills.

Funded by TAC, the L2P program assists learners between 16 and 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Sam Hunter is 19 and studying a Certificate I in Work Education at Bendigo TAFE. She is currently enrolled in the L2P program and has been learning to drive with a volunteer driver mentor.

“I am currently having two driving lessons a week so I can get my hours up and sit for my Ps – we’ve started doing some practice sessions in the evenings so I can get experience driving at night,” Sam said.

“I’m nervous to do my driving test, but the L2P program has put me in a position where I think I’ll pass. When I get my licence I would love to take my car over to Tasmania for a holiday.

“I would encourage anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer driver mentor to sign up for the L2P program.”

Beverley Scott, Project Worker in Anglicare Victoria’s North Central region said: “Everyone remembers how good it felt to get your P plates, but the L2P program delivers much more for young people.”

“Driver mentors also play an important role in supporting young people to develop many life skills such as organisational skills, conversation skills, as well as confidence and connection with community,” said Beverley.

The team is especially interested in hearing from people with experience in the Out-of-Home Care sector, or people who have a lived experience of care themselves.

“Some young people just don’t have a trusted adult (or a car) to take them driving to gain the 120 hours that is required to take your test. A licence opens up education and work opportunities that are important for young people in regional areas where public transport can be limited,” said Beverley.

For more information about the L2P program and the Learning Driver Mentor volunteer positions in Bendigo, please visit the mentor volunteer page on the Anglicare Victoria website.

To apply or learn more, please contact Beverley: 0429 834 914 | Beverley.Scott1@anglicarevic.org.au

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