Can you help with Braking the Cycle? Jamie Furness 2021-10-26 2 min read 7 The PCYC in Crestmead is in need of more volunteer driving mentors to help young people meet the 100 driving hours required for obtaining a provisional drivers licence. Braking the Cycle program coordinator and member service officer Joanne Bartolo said the program enabled youth to obtain employment, independence, freedom, and the ability to socialise. “There’s a lot of people that don’t have the freedom to get to places they need to … sometimes with public transport they can’t get to certain places,” Joanne said. The PCYC said outcomes of Braking the Cycle included: Improved access to employment, training and education; Improved safe driving behaviours and skills that reduce risk of car accidents; Greater employability, with an average of 70 percent of graduates gaining employment or further education within 3-6 months of obtaining a licence; Reduced risk of social exclusion; Positive connections between participants and a community mentor. Due to the low number of mentors, the participant waiting list for Braking the Cycle could take up to three months. “We’re now getting close to the end of the year when the Year 12 students are finished, and the next path is employment,” Joanne said. “This is the time that we really do need more mentors to help those Year 12 students.” Participants are normally aged between 16 and 25 and would need at least 10 logbook hours to sign up for the program. “Mentors enjoy seeing the progress of their student … if the mentor’s available we give them the opportunity to take them to them for their P’s test,” Joanne said. “The enjoyment of seeing the learner and the mentor come back, and the learner holding a P plate not an L plate is just a great feeling.” The PCYC hoped to increase their number of volunteer mentors from 18 to 40 to meet community needs. Anyone who held an open licence for at least 12 months and could volunteer around three hours a week is encouraged to apply for a mentorship role. Volunteers would need to obtain a Blue Card through the PCYC and undergo mentor training through Braking the Cycle. Braking the Cycle is covered by insurance and would provide automatic and manual vehicles for drivers. If you’d like to help, contact Braking the Cycle email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact reception on 3805 4100.