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Georgia and Max in front of a car

If you have an hour to spare each week why not sign up to help young people get their probationary licence?

Wednesday 15 November 2017

If you have your licence and are a calm and capable driver, why not consider volunteering an hour each week with the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program to help a young person learn to drive.

The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is an innovative community-based program that provides assistance to young people wanting to get their licence. Mount Alexander Shire Council delivers the L2P program in partnership with Castlemaine District and Community Health.

The program pairs learner drivers with volunteers who help them achieve the necessary 120 hours of supervised driving experience required to get their probationary licence.

L2P Coordinator Lisa Cavallaro explained that not all young people have family or friends who can supervise their driving or provide a suitable vehicle.

“The L2P program is invaluable for young people as a realistic way to get their licence,” said Ms Cavallaro.

“We need more volunteers to make sure this program can continue to help young people become safe and fully licensed drivers,” she said.

Mentors are provided with training and a fully insured vehicle to use. Sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the mentor and the learner driver.

“If you’re interested in helping the young people in our community in a very practical way we would love to have your help,” said Ms Cavallaro.

Max Blackmore has volunteered as a L2P mentor since 2016. He has enjoyed helping to teach young people how to drive.

“It’s amazing to see the difference in the learner’s ability at 120 hours of experience versus 80 or even 90 hours of practice,” said Mr Blackmore.

“For some people there is no way they could get that level of experience without this program,” he said.

The program continues to grow and has supported many young people to obtain their licence since 2015.

For more information on how to become a mentor contact Lisa Cavallaro on 5479 1000 or visit the Volunteer section at www.cdchcastlemaine.com.au.

The L2P statewide initiative is funded by the TAC and managed by VicRoads.


Image: Learner driver Georgia Ely with L2P volunteer Max Blackmore.


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