Mentors sought for learner driver program

THE Hobart Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC) is seeking community members interested in assisting young people to gain a drivers licence by volunteering to provide “on road” experience.

The Hobart PCYC Learner Driver Mentor Program (LDMP) provides assistance to young people who have limited or no access to a supervisor driver and/or vehicle to gain the required experience to acquire a provisional licence.

The LDMP is not a replacement for professional driver training tuition and learners participating the program are encouraged to participate in driving lessons from a recognised driving school should they wish to do so.

Constable Ben Hughes has been working with young people at Hobart PCYC as part of the program.

He said it was a “wonderful opportunity” to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people.

“Becoming a mentor also gives you the added benefit of continuing to improve your own driving skills as part of the process,” he said.

“Even volunteering one-hour a week is a valuable asset to the program and will help to make a big difference in the life of a young person.”

All mentors participating in the LDMP will need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have a current Working with Vulnerable People Registration (WWVP).
  • Complete a national police check.
  • Have a current Australian driver’s licence (car) – mentors must have a current full
driver’s licence for three-years (not provisional) with no restrictions.
  • Have no recent suspensions – mentors must have had no periods of driver suspension or disqualification in the past two-years.
  • Be prepared to undertake a LDMP induction session at Hobart PCYC (no cost).

The Hobart PCYC will meet any costs associated with obtaining a WWVP registration or national police check.

All volunteer mentors are provided with written instruction material and formal inductions.

To register interest, contact program coordinator Jane Hodgkinson on 6230 2246 or email jane.hodgkinson@hobartpcyc.org.au.

Caption: Constable Ben Hughes has been working with young people at Hobart PCYC as part of the Learner Driver Mentor Program.