Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative’s U Turn Driving Program has achieved great results for its 39 participants.
U Turn, part of MDSI’s Settlement activities, provides opportunities for driving lessons to young people from vulnerable backgrounds, including new arrivals and refugees.
Obtaining a driver’s licence is a necessary requirement for entering and participating in work, study and community life.
U Turn trains drivers and provides tools to keep them and others safe.
It increases road safety and awareness for the community by reducing unlicensed drivers on the roads and decrease barriers to obtaining a licence for those from disadvantaged or CALD backgrounds.
From June 2018 to June 2019, eight volunteer driving mentors and 39 participants (of whom 19 were young people) were recruited and interviewed.
Nine participants obtained their Ps and two obtained their full driver’s licence, with five more booked to sit their driving test.
Participants spent 198 hours with the NRMA Driving School and 147 hours with volunteer driving mentors.