Newman RYDE Program

What is the RYDE Program?

The Shire of East Pilbara is extremely excited to have been successful in obtaining funding from the Department of Transport through the Driving Access and Equity Fund.

The Newman RYDE Program provides young people between the ages of 16-25 years to complete their 50 hours of supervised driving. The program creates opportunities for young people to access a suitable vehicle, a licensed supervisor and affordable driving lessons which can often be barriers for young people moving forward and onto their provisional license. The RYDE Program utilises volunteers within the community who are inducted into the program as Driving Mentors and assist in driving education and supervision for learn drivers.

What is a Driving Mentor?

As a Driving Mentor you will be supporting young people in completing their 50 hours of supervised driving by being their licensed supervisor. Driving Mentors are to help develop positive non-judgmental and empowering relationships with young people while promoting safe driving attitudes.

Each Driving Mentor will be provided:

  • Induction in the RYDE program including training modules, policies and procedures, emergency management, RYDE software system, ongoing support and supervision from the Program Coordinator and ongoing training

Key duties:

  • Perform vehicle safety inspection with the young person before proceeding with the session
  • Completing the young person’s Logbook
  • Sit in the passenger’s seat and supervise young person driving
  • Facilitate discussions before and a debrief post driving session to discuss young person’s strengths and areas for improvement
  • Adhering to professional and personal boundaries to avoid confusion or the misinterpretation of actions
  • Be alert at all times whilst on the road and in the event of an emergency, be prepared that you may have to take control of the vehicle

Volunteering with the Newman RYDE program as a Driving Mentor will offer a rewarding experience through sharing real-world life skills which serve to assist young people within our community.

Want to be a Driving Mentor?

All Driving Mentors must:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Hold a C class drivers licence for 4 or more years continuously
  • Hold current Working With Children card (or be willing to obtain one)
  • Hold current National Police Check (or be willing to obtain one)

Full training will be provided to suitable applicants and all training costs covered.

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