Driving change for Indigenous kids

Driving Change mentors would be required to supervise drivers for at least two hours a week. Photo: FILE
Driving Change mentors would be required to supervise drivers for at least two hours a week. Photo: FILE

DUBBO’S young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their families will have better access to employment, education and health services, with the expansion of the innovative program, Driving Change.

Local program manager, Rosemarie McBride, said additional mentors in Dubbo were needed for the program, which was run by The George Institute for Global Health and assisted young people to obtain a driver’s licence.

Ms McBride said these mentors would be assisting young people in the Dubbo community gain the 120 hours of supervised driving practise they needed to get a licence.

“Lack of transport can be a big road block for people getting access to jobs and education.”

She said a driver’s licence would open more doors to secure the individual’s future while also making them feel more powerful and confident.

Ms McBride said all driving checks and training costs were covered by the program.

Training will also be available for those with limited mentoring experience.

Driving Change is currently running at 12 sites across NSW, delivered by The George Institute for Global Health with support from AstraZeneca, Transport for NSW and NSW.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call Rosemarie McBride on 0410 589 021.