Holding a drivers license is something we take for granted, but it’s an achievement out of reach for many young people in Sydney.
Many Aboriginal or vulnerable people struggle to pass the test due to low literacy and numeracy levels, a lack of official ID documents and an inability to pay fees. Even after passing the computer test, a learner under 25 must then complete a minimum of 120 hours on-road experience with a fully licensed driver.
Drive for Change, run by Weave Youth and Community Services, supports young people who live in the Redfern, Marrickville and Maroubra areas through the processes required to achieve their drivers license. It aims to assist over 60 people to achieve a Learner’s License and 60 people to achieve a Provisional License each year.
While 75% of program participants identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, people from all cultural backgrounds access the program, including people who came to Australia as refugees.
People from all walks of life volunteer their time to support program participants. The partnership is as much about role modeling and mentoring as it is learning to drive. They are provided with training on instructing learners and working within a trauma informed framework.
A Gift of just…
$25 pays for a licence card (with an exemption for test fee)
$140 covers the cost of the Safer Drivers Course, adding 20 logbook hours
$1,085 would install dual controls in Weave vehicles
Project Funding Goal = $11,000