Braking the Cycle program a roaring success

Braking the Cycle Coordinator Lauren Coles said there is a strong need for the program in Gladstone.

Jackie Dobson

Gladstone PCYC’s Braking the Cycle program is designed to help disadvantaged young people without access to a vehicle or supervisor get their provisional licence.

Braking the Cycle Coordinator Lauren Coles said there is a strong need for this particular program in Gladstone.

“There are a lot of reasons young people can’t get their hundred hours up,” she said.

“With limited public transport, difficulty getting to work or training, and jobs being further out, it’s a big deal in our little town.”

The aim of the program is to provide young people with increased employment opportunities, community connection, and driver education.

Ms Cole said the program has been a huge success so far, with dozens of learner drivers completing their training.

“As the programme is extremely popular, and there is a lengthy waiting list, we ask that applicants be committed,” she said.

“They must really want their licence and have a genuine reason for needing our help.

“We also ask that they do about ten hours before they come see us because we work with volunteer driver mentors, who will be their supervisors.”

With the support of government, community and corporate partners, Braking the Cycle is currently offered at 42 PCYC clubs across Queensland and has received numerous awards since its inception in 2012.

“To be eligible for the program, applicants must be aged between 16 and 25,” she said.

“To apply, they can visit our Gladstone PCYC office, website or Facebook page.

“The approval process can be a few weeks or a couple of months as we only have a certain amount of young people we can put through, but the earlier they apply the better.”

Volunteer driver mentors are also being encouraged to support young people to learn to drive.

“If you can spare an hour or more a week, we’d love to hear from you,” she said.

“To join our team as a volunteer driver mentor you will need an open licence and be willing to obtain a Blue Card.”

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