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Volunteering puts wheels in motion

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Volunteering puts wheels in motion
Published 22 June 2017
There are many ways you can put the wheels in motion if you want to be a volunteer in the City of Playford, including becoming a driving mentor.

There are many ways you can put the wheels in motion if you want to be a volunteer in the City of Playford, including becoming a driving mentor. ^^ Driver mentor George Shaw chats with learner driver Anthony Mayhew during a Wheels in Motion session. Photo: Rob McLean Wheels in Motion aids learner drivers (aged between 16 and 26), who face barriers preventing them from gaining training as they seek their probationary licence.

Since 2014, Angle Vale man George Shaw has been a volunteer driver-mentor with the Wheels in Motion program, which is delivered by the City of Playford and the City of Salisbury.

“I really like the fact that we are teaching young people to get their ‘Ps’, which helps them to get a job,” George said. “Because most of the students I have are trying to get to university.”

Volunteers to the Wheels in Motion program receive training, insurance, ongoing support and a safe vehicle.

A clean driving record is also a prerequisite.

For George, the most rewarding part of volunteering with Wheels in Motion is seeing his charges gain their driver’s licence.

Program participants include young people with limited financial means, new arrivals, and those with mild intellectual disability.

“I helped a lad from Bedford Industries through his test,” George said.

“It took 18 months and he passed it (the test) first time. That was great.”

The sessions cost $10 each to cover program costs.

For his efforts, earlier this year George received a Northern Adelaide Volunteer Award.

To learn more about Wheels in Motion, contact the City of Playford (8256 0333), or CLICK HERE to learn about other volunteer opportunities within your community, visit Note: The training vehicle is provided with the support of Peter Page Holden and funding partners Playford and Elizabeth Rotary Clubs, Council and State Government.