Ydrive helps disadvantaged young people in Eurobodalla build up the 120 hours of driving experience they need to get their P-plates (provisional driver's licence). 120 hours is a lot to build up, and can be especially hard 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 signing up to learn with Ydrive you can build the hours you need, access a vehicle, and learn important safety skills.
- By teaching young learner drivers, you help them become safe drivers, get their licence, and increase their ability to seek and maintain employment.
Become a Ydrive mentor
We currently have 18 mentors, but are always looking for more enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to help young people become safe drivers and get their P-plates. All you need is a current NSW Driver's licence. Ydrive provides you with training and a vehicle.
- Volunteer mentors give: 1-2 hours a week, your driving knowledge and a bit of patience.
- Volunteer mentors receive: orientation, training and support from Ydrive, access to a program vehicle to use with your learner, and the chance to make a real difference for a local learner.
Get started and join the Ydrive mentor team:
Sign up to be a Ydrive learner
Ydrive provides each learner with an all-inclusive learning experience to get you ready to go for your P plates, including:
- On-road driving experience: with a volunteer supervising driver as well as professional driving lessons
- Safer Driver Course: complete a theory module followed by a practical lesson in a vehicle and receive 20 bonus hours for your log book
- Rotary Driver Course: a program offered to all Ydrive participants teaching strategies and life skills to help you respond to challenges on the road, whether you're the driver or a passenger.
- Ycheck car maintenance workshop: learn the basics to keep you safe on the road and receive a free break down kit to keep in the car.
- Ybudget car budgeting workshop: get advice on how to stay on top of expenses like registration, insurance, fuel, maintenance, and even saving up to buy your own car!
Ready? Apply now:
For more information or to sign up get in touch with Ydrive program coordinator Angie McMillan:
- T: 02 4474 7456
- M: 0417 359 705
- E: Angie McMillan
Ydrive funding and support
Ydrive operations are currently funded by a $125,000 grant from the NSW Government, which was awarded to Ydrive in June 2018 to fund the program for the next 18 months.
In 2017 the Department of Premier and Cabinet granted funding to run the pilot program, with the aim of reducing the number of young people involved in car accidents on Eurobodalla roads.
- Alan May Holden generously donated the original Ydrive vehicle in 2017 and is currently involved in the program, appearing as a guest presenter at Ybudget car finance workshops.
- In 2018, a one-off grant from the NSW Government allowed Ydrive to purchase a second training vehicle, allowing for greater flexibility with training sessions across Eurobodalla.
- In 2019, Services NSW provided grant funding to run Ycheck car maintenance workshop and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet contributed to the cost of supplying the Ycheck safety kits.