The launch of Drive My Future is set to give learner drivers increased confidence and time behind the wheel.
The Youth Barossa project is a collaboration with The Barossa Council and sponsors to support young Barossa people aged 16 to 25 facing disadvantage.
The in-car support program matches experienced volunteer drivers with learner drivers to boost their driving hours and experience.
Drive My Future Coordinator Kathy Schilling said independent surveys show many young people are struggling to achieve the hours needed for their P plate licence.
“Barriers include single parent working families, availability of a suitable car, young people who are primary or secondary carers or have a sibling with a disability, or who may be living independently,” said Kathy.
She said the program gives them access to a volunteer and a vehicle.
“It’s not a replacement of a Learner Driver system; the volunteers act as a parent or care giver who would assist the learner driver gain the hours needed for their P plate licence,” Kathy said.
“The program is based on a simple idea, yet it can make a world of difference in someone’s life.”
Mayor Bob Sloane commended the program, saying it will have many positive flow-on effects.
“In many cases it will assist young people to gain independence or employment, participate in sport and access training opportunities,” he said.
“The role of the volunteer driving supervisor is equally important and an opportunity to play a positive, caring role in the life of a disadvantaged young person.”
Kathy said the program was only possible because of the collaborative effort of sponsors.
“We acknowledge the generosity of many organisations, businesses and community who have laid the foundation for a sustainable, long-term program that will put young people on the road to independence,” she said.
Bookings will open in October at a cost of $16.50 per one hour session. Eligible participants are required to participate in a road safety forum and interview, and are also offered a free car maintenance session.
For information on Drive My Future contact 0448 020 303.