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Driver mentor program gets green light

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Our driver mentor program for newly-arrived refugees and migrants is set to continue for at least two more years thanks to a renewed partnership with Transurban.

Transurban has signed up as the main sponsor for the program, contributing $100,000 for the next two years.

The Transurban DriveLink program trains volunteer mentors to supervise participants as they learn to drive in a new country and prepare to take the licence test.

“Having a licence gives people independence, a better chance at finding a job and more opportunities to participate in community life,” Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne said.

“This is especially important for refugees and newly-arrived migrants who face a number of barriers to employment and social connection.”

One recent graduate from the program who just received her licence told us she could’t have done it without our help. Having the opportunity to receive her licence allowed her to become much more independent and she now has a job.

The program is very low-cost for participants, thanks in part to the wonderful volunteer mentors. We couldn’t run the program without the support of our volunteers and are always looking for more people to help out.

“Our volunteers do an amazing job but with funding secured we are now looking for more hands on deck. Volunteers receive driving supervisor training through VicRoads so all you need is a full driver’s licence and a few hours of time,” Spokesperson for Traffic and Transport, Cr Andrea Surace, said.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer driver mentor, check out our Volunteers page, or contact 8325 1800 or volunteer@mvcc.vic.gov.au for more information.