Do you know someone who has one to two hours per week spare to help a learner driver achieve their licence?
You will be supported every step of the way: from induction into the role, briefings on key parts of the role, and ongoing training and support once you get started as a volunteer.
Your role is first and foremost about supporting safe driving: role modeling it, speaking about it and helping a young person practice the driving skills they have learnt through lessons with a professional Driving Instructor.
Part of this role is modelling respectful communication, patience, and clear boundaries. Volunteer Mentors have a strong ability to demonstrate empathy, consistency, reliability and promote safe and stable relationships.
A long-term commitment is a key part of this program. We need volunteer mentors who can work with the same learner driver until that learner driver feels ready to sit for their P’s. This might be 6 months or 12 months, or more, depending on the learner driver.
When the young drivers have reached the testing stage of their journey, they will be confident and safe road users. Driver Training acknowledges that some young people may need extra professional instruction throughout their driving journey. The qualified instructor may deliver up to 5 additional lessons until they feel the learner driver is test ready. This is flexible and based on the needs of the participant.
You will be supported in :
The graduated system of licensing in QLD (the way young people get to their Ps)
The road rules – for you and also for people on their Learner licence
Your role: how a supervising driver is different to a professional Driving Instructor
How to communicate effectively and give feedback in a constructive fashion
How to prepare for a session – The Program Coordinator will provide practical guidance around driver training instruction such as planning a driving route for each lesson, progress checklists (starting and stopping the vehicle, steering techniques, hazards, reverse parking) using the dashcam, what you must do to be personally prepared
"Two generations together, driving towards the same goal"
Providing youth with mentors who can develop a bond, handing down experience to the youth, and who can provide support, guidance, and opportunities to help them succeed in life and meet their goals.
How you will be matched with a learner driver? – The Learner Driver will undertake lessons with a professional driving instructor prior to being matched with you.
Access to safe vehicles -The Salvation Army will provide the vehicle that will be used to deliver lessons. The Coordinator will explain processes around accessing and operating the vehicle.
If there’s an accident – The Program Coordinator will tell you what to do in case an accident occurs during a driving session: what to do at the scene and who to call.
The Salvation Army’s Commitment to Inclusion Statement:
"The Salvation Army Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.
We value and include people of all cultures, languages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersex status. We are committed to providing programs that are fully inclusive. We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of people of all ages, particularly children."