L2P is thriving beyond expectations
Most people in Ballarat will have seen one of the L2P cars on the road, they are hard to miss and are a testament to the benefits of everyone working together to help with an identified need. United Way Ballarat in partnership with 40 active volunteer mentors, TAC, eight agencies (listed below) and many generous sponsors are helping young people – who have no access to a car or someone to drive with – to get the 120 hours of driving experience necessary to gain their probationary licence.
Ballarat’s L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is leading the way in the state. The program has grown significantly over the past year and is now one of the largest programs operating.
2017 has started strong:
- A 5th car has been added to the fleet thanks to a fantastic donation from Child and Family Services
- 10 Learners have already gained their licence this year
- 10 New mentors have been trained
- 60 Learners are currently engaged in the program
- 800 hours of volunteer time has been donated this year by the mentors
The year will continue with some special training for our mentors in “Building Resilience in Youth” and “Strategies when dealing with a crisis, challenging behaviour or burnout.” August will see a 10-year anniversary celebration for the Ballarat L2P program.
L2P Ballarat will continue to build on the relationships formed with Ballarat Group Training, Berry Street, Child and Family Services, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Centre, Ballarat Community Health Settlement Services, Centacare’s Cradle to Kinder, and Youth Justice to enable more young people the opportunity not only to get their driving licence but also to be mentored through the process.