Vicroads proudly supports the TAC L2P Program, funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and delivered in local communities across Victoria. Young learners aged between 16 and 21 years of age are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors, who help them develop skills to become safe and confident drivers.
For many, L2P is the only option for getting on the road to independence and freedom. The mentoring initiative is aimed at ensuring all eligible young people, regardless of their personal circumstances, have the opportunity to gain the supervised driving experience required for obtaining a probationary license.
The program is run across Victoria by various community agencies and made possible by a dedicated group of volunteer mentors. Luke Donovan, Vicroads Partnerships Officer, says the value and importance of volunteers to the L2P program doesn’t go unnoticed.
“Our volunteers are the life blood of the program and our young people are forever grateful for the assistance they provide.”
Like many community programs, the L2P Program was heavily impacted by COVID-19, particularly through multiple lockdowns and the significant loss of volunteers. Likewise, many of the young people involved in the program also suffered the effects of the crisis, particularly those lacking strong support networks in their personal lives.
Once circumstances allowed, the L2P team wanted to ensure the program resumed strongly in 2021 and focused on quickly rebuilding a network of volunteer mentors.
After hearing of weVolunteer through a colleague in the community services sector, Luke jumped at the chance to get Vicroads involved. Upon creating their own MyPass portal and uploading their roles, Vicroads were able to quickly fill their vacant volunteer roles, enabling their program to get up and running again to meet the community need. As one of the early adopters of weVolunteer, they have since placed 55 new volunteers into L2P programs across Victoria.
“weVolunteer has been great so far. It has simplified the task of connecting with new volunteers and opened the door to L2P as a new volunteering experience for people across Victoria.”
By facilitating a rapid community response, weVolunteer can help connect organisations in need with volunteers passionate about making a real difference in their community. For Vicroads and the L2P Program, this has meant “getting young people back on the road as quickly as possible and moving towards their dreams.”
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