Could You be a Learner Driver Programme Mentor?

Published: 28-May-2018

Getting a licence to drive can be a challenge for many in our community, whether they be a young person or someone who has already learnt to drive but never taken the step to make it official.

Older person drivingA new learner driver mentoring programme to be run in conjunction with Police and supported by Waimakariri District Council is set to help make it easier for those who may need assistance, and aims to make our roads safer for all users.

The programme lead for North Canterbury is locally based Senior Constable Kim Munro.  Kim is keen to see the community get behind the programme and is looking for people who are interested in being mentors during the

Kim is keen to see the community get behind the programme and is looking for people who are interested in being mentors during the five week course.

“Having mentors from diverse backgrounds will mean the programme has a wide and varied skill base to help teach, support, mentor, and guide members of the wider community,” Kim says.

“There are many areas of life that can be impacted if someone doesn’t have a licence, including their ability to gain employment.  It can make such a difference to their whole family, give them confidence to broaden their opportunities and also allow them to inspire others within their whanau.”

Kim is keen to hear from anyone within the community who would be interested in becoming a mentor and/or a facilitator for the first programme, and also welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in participating.

The programme is not necessarily aimed at young drivers, but is for anyone who may feel they need assistance in gaining their driver licence. There is no cost, however, participants do need to be able to pay the fee to sit their drivers licence at the conclusion of the course.

Waimakariri District Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator, Kathy Graham says ensuring those driving on our roads have been through the proper steps to become licenced drivers is one way of helping to keep everyone safe on our roads.

“Our Road Safety Action Plan targets a number of areas of concern and has a vision of a ‘safe road system that is increasingly free of death and serious injury’.  Safe road use is a key component of the Safe System approach that we work to and helping drivers to become knowledgeable and proficient increases their ability to make safe choices.  We are very pleased to be able to support this programme,” Kathy says.

The programme, which is anticipated to start in early May consists of - 

  • Five structured learning sessions - 1.5 hours each, once a week on a Thursday from 7:00pm for five consecutive weeks
  • Graduation evening - approximately 1.5 hours duration two weeks after course completion

The first programme will be run at the Tuahiwi Marae with a view to later expanding this into Rangiora and Amberley.

For further information or to express your interest in becoming a mentor, facilitator or participant please contact Kim Munro, phone 021 192 0571 or mailto:kim.munro@police.govt.nz

Name: Kim Munro

Phone: 021 192 0571