More Bunbury volunteers need to take a RYDE
A South West driving program has put the call out for more volunteers after seeing a boost in the number of young people wanting to use the service since restrictions eased.
The Regional Youth Driver Education Program, delivered by Investing In Our Youth, aims to provide young people on their L plates with the chance to complete the compulsory 50 logbook hours.
Program manager Semara Murphy said RYDE provided the opportunity for young people who may be disadvantaged to get their licence and gain independence.
“It’s not just focused on passing the test, but learning to be a safe driver and not picking up bad habits,” she said.
“Since restrictions have eased, sessions are being snapped up.
“At the moment, we can’t keep up with the demand from young people.”
Volunteer James Lee has been involved with the program for over a year and said it was incredibly rewarding to help young people learn to become safe drivers.
“People often get frustrated with other drivers and this can be the chance to teach the next group of drivers good habits,” Mr Lee said.
It’s not just about getting them from A to B — you develop a relationship and help them to relax more.
Ms Murphy said it was difficult to find the right person to volunteer and encouraged people who were patient and calm to get in touch.
“You don’t need to be a driving instructor,” she said.
“They need the ability to build relationships and to be patient when someone may have anxiety.”
For more information, contact IIOY.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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