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WCIG’s Youth Connections Learner Driver Program – Werribee

30 Mar 2012 - Encouraging a sense of independence and direction is a very important part of becoming an adult.

Every Wednesday afternoon, a group of young Werribee residents gather in a bright computer room in WCIG’s local office to go through the Vic Roads online practice tests. This is all in preparation for getting on track to get their learners permits with costs covered by WCIG’s Learner Driver program. The program itself goes for around 10 weeks, with study occurring one afternoon per week, but the duration fully depends upon each individual’s progress. This program is all about aiming for a holistic approach to benefit the participants.

The inspiration behind the program, according to youth worker Belinda Blee, was all about providing an incentive for young people, who are suffering financial hardship, to gain the sense of independence offered by successfully obtaining a learner driver permit; ‘It’s an important step in improving their prospects in many ways, showing the maturity in passing a learner’s permit test goes a long way in instilling confidence and a sense of direction for these young people who just need a helping hand to get going.’ Belinda understands the importance of keeping the participants engaged, so she incorporates games, activities and directly targets revising areas of the tests that each participant might be experiencing difficulty with.
 
Due to growing interest in the program both in Werribee and in other WCIG-serviced regions, the Learner Driver program will soon be starting in Moonee Ponds with a view to further expansion in the future. For enquiries, please contact Rowan Muir on 9370 9871 or via email at rowanm@wcig.org.au.