Having the capacity to easily get yourself from one place to another is an essential part of living an independent life. In a city like Perth, many locations are much more easily accessed by car than public transport and having a license can make all the difference for young people working to achieve their goals.
However, getting a license is an expensive and time-consuming process. If you have access to a parent able to help you learn and a car to practise in, it can be easier, but not all young people have this. This is where RYDE comes in.
RYDE, or the Regional Youth Driver Education Program, is a volunteer program that connects learner drivers with a volunteer mentor and automatic vehicle, so that they can achieve their license, and all of the opportunities that come with it.
However, we need your help!
ABOUT THE ROLE As a volunteer with Foyer Oxford RYDE you will be helping the young people you are working with in two core ways; you will be helping them achieve their goal of getting their license, and you will also be a role model and mentor whose life experience and support they can learn from as they work towards their license.
It is important that our driving mentors are a good fit for the program, as this will enable the young people participating to have the best experience possible and get the maximum benefit. We are looking to engage volunteers who: •Are reliable and friendly •Hold a valid and current WA driver’s license of at least automatic class and have held that license for at least four years •Are calm and confident drivers who are able to offer direction where necessary •Are able to get to and from Foyer Oxford (196 Oxford St, Leederville) and can volunteer on a regular basis •Are able to offer support and act as role models to the participants, and establish and maintain the appropriate boundaries •Are, where possible, at a different life stage to our participants, who will be aged 16-25 and at the early stages of their employment or education journey. However, this is not a requirement.
Please Note: •You do not need to use your own vehicle to participate in RYDE. Foyer Oxford has a fully insured automatic vehicle set aside for use in the RYDE program. •All volunteers will have access to ongoing training and support from Foyer Oxford and Anglicare WA •All young people enrolled in the program have passed a driving assessment with a professional driving instructor to confirm their eligibility for RYDE prior to enrolment, and will receive ongoing support from Foyer Oxford throughout. •All volunteers are able to set their own availability using an online rostering system.
WHY VOLUNTEER? Participating in the RYDE program as a volunteer mentor is an opportunity to make a real, tangible difference in the life of a young person. By helping participants complete their training hours, you will not only be opening up opportunities for them by helping them attain their driver’s license, but you will also be a positive role model and important connection for them as they navigate an important life stage.
This volunteer role is perfect for people who want to gain practical experience in the fields of youth work, education or community development, who enjoy driving, or just have some time to spare and are passionate about making sure everyone gets the chance to learn to drive!
GET INVOLVED! This is a chance to make a meaningful difference in the life of a young person. If this sounds like you, express interest below! You will then receive an email letting you know the date of our next info session and the next steps of the process.