Experienced eyes sought to help learner drivers

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Semara Murphy from Investing in Our Youth and Sharon Wilkinson from the Shire of Manjimup inspect the RYDE car at its' new home.
Camera IconSemara Murphy from Investing in Our Youth and Sharon Wilkinson from the Shire of Manjimup inspect the RYDE car at its' new home. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

A driver education program to help learner drivers tackle their supervised logbook hour requirements is seeking volunteers in Manjimup.

The Regional Youth Driver Education Program (RYDE) aims to help learner drivers overcome the barriers to attaining the required 50 supervised logbook hours.

A practice car is available for Manjimup and surrounding areas and volunteers are sought to supervise learners.

The program has been organised by Investing in Our Youth Inc and the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre has volunteered to house the car while it is not in use.

Program manager Semara Murphy said the car was not exclusively for Manjimup youth and urged volunteers to get involved.

“The vehicle will be based here (the aquatic centre at Manjimup), but is open to any young person who can basically get here to access the car,” she said.

“One of the biggest feedbacks that I have from volunteers who are functioning in Bunbury and Busselton is that it is a very fulfilling experience to be able to meet and support young people who perhaps don’t have the greatest support networks at home.”

Manjimup community development officer Sharon Wilkinson emphasised the potential benefits of the program’s establishment.

“This (program) enables young people to actually take control of their life, be independent and be able to look for work, find work and be productive community members,” she said.

Potential volunteers should contact Semara Murphy on 0419 730 550, or at IIOY.driving@investinginouryouth.com.au.

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