14 Community Members Graduate from Road Safety Mentoring Program

14 Community Members Graduate from Road Safety Mentoring Program

Since the middle of October this year, 14 SCARF community members have been volunteering their time to complete weekly training sessions as a part of the Community Road Safety Mentoring Program. 

14 Community Members Graduate from Road Safety Mentoring Program

The goal of the program, which is a partnership between SCARFKiama Community College, Wollongong Police, NSW Legal Aid and NSW Fair Trading, is to build individual and community knowledge of driving laws, road rules and safe driving behaviour.

SCARF Community Road Safety Mentoring Program

Learning about vehicle maintenance with the SCARF car

The graduates, who are now qualified Road Safety Mentors, will use what they’ve learned from training sessions such ‘Overview of NSW Graduated Licensing System’, ‘A Guide to NSW Traffic Laws’ and ‘Driving Risks and Hazards’ to inform and empower their emerging communities to be safe on the road. Countries of origin in the group include Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Congo.

Refugee entrants - SCARF training

On successful completion of all training components and assessments, participants will receive statements of attainment for two units in the Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways program, as well as a certificate of completion in Community Road Safety Mentoring.

Graduation presentation with the Lord Mayor Gordan Bradbury - SCARF

Graduation presentation with the Lord Mayor Gordan Bradbery

A highlight of the program was the ‘A Day in the Life of a Police Officer’ practical session, which took place at the Wollongong Police Headquarters.

Photo from the 'Day in the Life of a Police Officer' session - SCARF

Photo from the ‘Day in the Life of a Police Officer’ session

A huge thanks is owed to our dedicated Community Road Safety Mentors, who have volunteered many hours of their time to help make our roads safer. Thanks is also owed to our partners, Kiama Community College, Wollongong Police, NSW Legal Aid and NSW Fair Trading. 

Photos by Bear Hunt Photography


 

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