The DRIVE program was initiated by Singleton Council, is a response to long standing transport barriers for young people in Singleton. The project provides a pathway for young people to achieve a driver’s licence, gain employment, and reduce the risks associated with alcohol and driving.
DRIVE is guided by Council's Road Safety Officer and the Singleton PCYC, and brings together a number of local organisations and programs including:
- PCYC supported by Singleton Mazda
- Key Driving School
- TAFE NSW
- Workskil Youth
- Singleton Youth Venue
The DRIVE Project supports these community service partners by:
- Assisting with the recruitment of volunteer driving supervisors/mentors
- Providing driver supervisor training workshops
- Providing subsidised driver education workshops
The project provides practical assistance to the external driver training programs that help young people develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to achieve their driver’s licence, while also reducing the risks associated with alcohol and driving.
In addition to helping young people achieve their driver’s licence, the DRIVE Project will support external programs and partnerships to:
Provide a focus on road and personal safety education and preparation, including the risks and responsibilities associated with alcohol and other drug use
- Drive a reduction in alcohol related road trauma and incidents amongst 16-25 year olds
- Increase employability amongst 16-25 year olds through digital literacy, road safety knowledge, safer driver education (including the Safer Driver course), Responsible Service of Alcohol training, driving skills, enhanced networks and support
- Raise community awareness of the barriers faced by young people and the risks of long-term unemployment on mental health, self-esteem and employability
The PCYC manages the risk, administration, inductions and ongoing support for volunteer driver supervisors.
Register a learner driver
Learner Drivers may be eligible for support to gain 120 hours of supervised driving
Benefits to the Singleton community
Addressing the shortage of transport options in Singleton will help overcome the current disconnect between young people and further education and employment opportunities.
A coordinated program of volunteer mentoring and driver education to support young people to gain their L’s, and supervised driving hours to achieve their P’s is a preferred solution.
Adopting an asset based community development (ABCD) approach, working with multiple stakeholders to harness existing resources and attract further financial and other support is the best option for a sustainable and successful project.
The inclusion of an evidenced based approach with the support of TAFE (teachers and students) to implement the ABCD methodology including asset mapping will highlight what we as a community have and the gaps in resources that need to be filled.
Singleton PCYC has a sponsored vehicle dedicated to supporting eligible young people to achieve 120 supervised driving hours.
Become a driver supervisor
Are you interested in becoming a driver supervisor to support young people to get on the road to a better future?
- Vehicle provided
- Insurance covered
- Support young people to achieve 120 supervised driving hours
- Mentor young people to get their P’s
- Help link young people to education and employment
- Volunteer your time as part of your commitment to our community
Hold an unrestricted licence for a minimum of three years
- Working with Children Check (WWCC)
- Current or willingness to obtain Police Check
- Willing to attend two hour information and induction workshop (next workshop 1/06/2022 at 6.00pm and Singleton Youth Venue)
Register your interest here.