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The Gearing Up program involves volunteer mentors being matched with participants. The Gearing Up program is affiliated with a larger body called DMT- Driver Mentoring Tasmania, this body oversees all driver mentoring programs throughout Tasmania.
There are currently two vehicles in operation with the program, one based in Huonville, the other in Kingston.
The program is is now available to all age groups in the Huon Valley, Channel and Kingborough areas.
Volunteer mentors supervise the participating learner driver in the Gearing Up Vehicle to help them gain their required driving hours. Volunteers with the Gearing Up program all have a current Working With Children Registration.
The supervising mentors are not driving instructors, their role is purely supervision in the place of any other fully licensed driver.
The Gearing Up program is not a replacement for professional driving lessons and participants accepted into the program will be required to undertake two professional driving lessons from a recognised driving school prior to commencing with the Gearing Up program.
The Gearing Up program is at no cost to the participant.
The time and skills shared by local volunteers provide the underlying success of the Gearing Up program.
Program volunteers will be recognised by the Council through its volunteer recognition and awards. They will also be offered opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills through workshops and training.
The Gearing Up program always requires new volunteers as the waiting list of learner drivers applying to join the program is always increasing.
Volunteering with the program doesn’t mean giving up all your time and could be as simple as donating a couple of hours a week.
If you feel you have time and skills to contribute to this program or would like more information, please get in touch with the Community Wellbeing Department with the email on our Contact Us page.