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.
The goal of the program, which is a partnership between SCARF, Kiama 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.