On the road again: SCARF purchases new car for L2P program thanks to grant funding

SCARF patron and local MP, Sharon Bird presenting SCARF L2P driver mentoring program coordinator with keys to the new car.

SCARF’s mission is to see all people from refugee backgrounds settled happily and participating fully in the life of the wider community. One of the most popular and empowering programs that SCARF delivers is SCARF’s L2P driver mentoring program.

The L2P program is designed to assist learners from refugee backgrounds to become independent, safe and informed drivers.

From July to December 2019, SCARF’s volunteer driver mentors delivered 339 sessions, with 12 learners passing their driving tests. Recommencing in July 2020 when COVID restrictions were lifted, the L2P program has continued to be met with high demand. For SCARF community members, getting their license can be the one thing that makes a difference when seeking employment. 

In order to deliver the L2P driver mentoring program, SCARF relies on support from the wider community. However, with limited funding available, continuing the program with a 19-year-old vehicle had become a challenge.

SCARF is excited to announce that they are the recipient of the Stronger Communities Programme grant. The funding from the grant has enabled SCARF to purchase a new vehicle to support the continuation of the L2P program.

Under the conditions of this type of grant not-for-profit charities must be invited by their local MP to submit applications. Sharon Bird, local MP, has been a long-time supporter and her role as patron has helped SCARF realise many opportunities. SCARF’s success in receiving this funding is due to Sharon’s passionate and robust support for our application.

SCARF relies on the wider community to deliver our L2P program and without our volunteers, who work tirelessly within SCARF, opportunities and programs like this would not be possible. If you are interested in joining SCARF as an L2P driver mentor, please email volunteer@scarfsuppport.org.au.

Natalie Wilkins
Author: Natalie Wilkins