Can you help a young person learn to drive?

Council is calling for mentors to help young people across Boroondara gain the experience they need to get their driver’s licence.

The TAC L2P Program enables young people to team up with a volunteer mentor driving supervisor so they can gain driving experience and access to a car with the aim of obtaining their probationary licence. 

The program helps young people become safe and confident drivers, gain social independence and interact with positive adult role models.

The demand for the program from learners currently exceeds capacity, but young people are still encouraged to apply and join a waitlist. More volunteer mentor drivers are needed to reduce the waitlist and increase access to the program and its benefits.

Learner driver George Christophidis, from Hawthorn East, had only 2 hours’ experience behind the wheel when he started the L2P program.

“I had no way of getting my hours up, so I met with a support worker at the Boroondara Youth Hub who suggested the program to me,” says George.

The L2P Program partnered him with mentor Barry Scott, who has so far helped George reach more than 20 hours on the road with weekly sessions. 

“I like having someone critique my driving each session and understand exactly what I need to improve,” says George.

“Barry stays calm during the drive which helps me stay calm too.”

Barry says each mentor’s time commitment to their learners is flexible and the role provides a wonderful sense of fulfilment. 

“The program is a great way to give back to your community. I remember how it felt when I first got my driver’s licence and the independence that comes with it, so it’s wonderful that I can be part of that experience for George,” says Barry. 

Learner drivers will have a number of professional driving lessons to build their skills. They are then matched with a volunteer mentor, who will supervise learner drivers in a car supplied by Council. Volunteers will have access to a full training program. 

To find out more about the program and becoming a volunteer mentor driver, visit our TAC L2P learner driver mentor program page or phone (03) 9278 4608.

A mentor driver teaching a young learner how to drive