Men­tors sought for driv­ing pro­gramme

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Vol­un­teers are be­ing sought to help young driv­ers get on the road fol­low­ing the launch of a new pro­gramme.

A new com­mu­nity-based driv­ing pro­gramme in Huntly and Ngaru­awahia has been set up to help young peo­ple to gain their re­stricted li­cence.

Man­aged by Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil and Waka Trust, the or­gan­i­sa­tions are on the look­out of vol­un­teer men­tors.

The Com­mu­nity Driver Men­tor Pro­gramme was es­tab­lished by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency[NZTA] to ad­dress bar­ri­ers that learner driv­ers in the 16-24 age group may face.

It is al­ready run­ning in other parts of coun­try in­clud­ing Gis­borne and the ini­tial pi­lot ar­eas of Wait­omo and Porirua.

The pro­gramme is de­signed to en­able lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to help these young learn­ers who have al­ready com­pleted the learner phase of their li­cence.

It will al­low them to in­de­pen­dently to gain their re­stricted li­cence and im­prove their lev­els of safe driv­ing.

It does this by pro­vid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a wide range of driv­ing sit­u­a­tions with an ex­pe­ri­enced, li­censed driv­ing men­tor and in a reg­is­tered and war­ranted ve­hi­cle.

Waka Trust’s co-or­di­na­tor Lenora McDon­ald said the role of a men­tor will be re­ward­ing.

‘‘It’s an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to help a young per­son along their path to­wards be­com­ing a safe driver on our roads,’’ she said.

‘‘There is bound to be such a sense of pride know­ing that you have had a part to play when the young per­son gets their li­cence.’’

Mayor Al­lan San­son en­dorsed the project and said he would love to see lo­cal men­tors get in­volved.

‘‘A driv­ing li­cence also plays a key role in gain­ing em­ploy­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘With the Waikato dis­trict grow­ing at the rate it is, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are in­creas­ing and any­thing that can help our young peo­ple into the work force is most wel­come.’’

To be­come a men­tor, a com­mit- ment of three hours a week up to 15 weeks is re­quired

A ve­hi­cle is pro­vided and train­ing and sup­port is given to men­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Lenora on 027 700 2089.

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