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Volunteer Driver Mentors needed for the Red Cross Former Refugee Driver Training Programme – February 2017


Are you interested in helping someone get their Restricted Licence? We need 20 Volunteers to start in February 2017. The work is highly rewarding and stimulating.  Achieving a restricted driver’s licence greatly improves a person’s employment and training opportunities as well as giving them greater ability to contribute to their family and the community.

  • Mentors must be at least 20 years old and have held a current full car driver licence for at least 2 years. Ideally, they should be over 25 years old.
  • Each driver will be allocated a volunteer mentor.
  • The mentors will themselves be trained, and will then go on to supervise their learner driver by practising a prescribed and graded programme in a dual control car that is provided.
  • Mentors are required to take the learner out to practice driving twice a week at a mutually suitable time. Most complete the programme in 12-16 weeks.
  • Both the mentors and learner drivers will be supported by qualified driving instructor Garry Dunn of Dunn’s Training .
  • Each learner driver will have four professional driving lessons with the professional driving Instructor, which their volunteer mentor will also attend.
  • A standard Police Check vetting of all mentors is required.

Contact the programme co-ordinator Rhonwyn Knecht at NZ Red Cross Tasman Marlborough on 021 255 8550 or email nelsonrdtp@gmail.com

If you are unable to start in February there will be opportunity to join this programme later in the year, so please still register your interest.


Mr Tluang Za Thang (Chair Nelson Refugee Forum) and Claire Nichols (Red Cross)  Photo Nelson Mail