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

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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.

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