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What is Ydrive?

Ydrive is a program that helps disadvantaged young people in Eurobodalla build up the 120 hours of driving experience they need to get their provisional licence (P-plates).

120 hours is hard to build up, especially for young people who don’t have access to a car or a supervising driver! Ydrive links volunteer licensed drivers with learners who find it tough to get the driving experience they need.

By teaching young learner drivers, you help them become safe drivers and increase their ability to seek and maintain employment.

Apply to be a Ydrive mentor

If you are interested in helping young people become safe drivers and get their P-plates, we want to hear from you.

All you need is a current NSW Driver’s Licence. Ydrive provides training and a vehicle.

Volunteers give:

  • 1-2 hours a week
  • their driving knowledge and a bit of patience.

Volunteers get:

  • training and support from Ydrive
  • a program vehicle to use with your learner
  • the chance to make a real difference for a local learner.

Fill out the forms below, send to Angie McMillan and join the Ydrive mentor team!

Apply to be a Ydrive Learner Driver

The program will provide each learner with:

  • on-road driving experience with a volunteer supervising driver as well as professional driving lessons
  • Safer Driver Course
  • Rotary Driver Course
  • car maintenance workshop
  • car budgeting workshop.

Are you interested in becoming a Ydrive Learner Driver? Read and fill out the forms below to apply for the program.

Latest news

2018

  • On Friday 15 June 2018 the NSW State Government announced the provision of $125,000 to the Ydrive program. This investment secures the future of the program for an additional 18 months.
  • Recruitment for the next round of youth drivers will begin after additional mentors have been inducted.
  • Summa McFarlane Potts was the first of the Ydrive learner drivers to pass her P1 Licence test. Summa had participated in the program since it began in September 2017 with her mentor Annette. Congratulations Summa and well done.
  • Three participants passed their driving test over the course of December. Narooma’s Dylan Harvey-Phillips was the first of the new participants from the southern end of the Shire to successfully complete the required 120 hours training under the instruction of mentor Alan Close. Fantastic effort Dylan, well done.
  • The mentor group has now grown to a total of 20, all dedicated to engaging with the young learners and assisting them in the process.
  • Two of the learner drivers have completed their 120 minimum hours and are continuing with their mentors until they are eligible to sit for their licence.
  • The addition of a brand new Kia Rio enables the Ydrive program to have a permanent vehicles based in both Batemans Bay and Moruya. This will assist the mentors in reducing their travel time and opens up availability for booking driving hours.
  • The program will break for two weeks over the Christmas period, allowing everyone a chance to relax with family and friends before returning in 2019.

2017

  • One learner driver has now completed the Safer Driver Course. Due to an influx of interest from the community, another training day for new mentors is scheduled for December 2017.
  • At least five additional applications for mentors have been received due to Council’s extensive media campaigns.
  • Learner drivers have now begun to participate with professional driving schools. Two learner drivers have graduated to mentor supervised driving in the Ydrive car.
  • Learner Drivers will participate in an Orientation Day on Wednesday August 23. They will also get the chance to meet and greet the mentors and get to know each other.
  • On Thursday 27 July the Ydrive selection committee, which included a representative from Prime Minister and Cabinet, met and selected 15 young people to participate in the program.
  • On Saturday 22 July volunteer mentors attended Youthsafe training and orientation at the Dr Mackay Community Centre in Moruya.

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More information

Interested? Get in touch with us for more information or to sign up. Contact the Ydrive Program Coordinator Angie McMillan:

Photos


Jamie Allen-Ward (behind the wheel,) with her mum Virginia Allen, Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, Ydrive program mentor Jeff Halls, Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Ydrive program coordinator Angie McMillan and Eurobodalla Councillor Phil Constable.


Summa is the first of the Ydrive learner drivers to pass her P1 Licence test.


Ydrive mentors complete their induction training


Council, mentors and participants welcome the new Ydrive car donated by Alan May Holden, Moruya.

Dylan Harvey Phillips
Dylan Harvey-Phillips of Narooma, Ydrive’s first participant from the southern end of the Shire, to successfully pass the P1 driving test, with mentor Alan Close.