Driving towards a future of possibilities

Breaking down barriers faced by newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers on their pathway towards education and employment is the goal of a new initiative being delivered by CatholicCare’s Refugee Hub, with support from the City of Newcastle, NRMA and volunteer mentors. 

The Refugee Hub’s driving program will provide support to 20 refugees through funded driving lessons, a NSW Driving Test and NSW Driver's Licence.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the worthy initiative is a recipient of City of Newcastle funding under the expanded Community and Economic Resilience Package.

"Newcastle is enriched by our multicultural residents and City of Newcastle wants to ensure that all members of our community can access the services they require to seek and maintain employment, explore study options and connect with their local community, regardless of their background and language spoken at home," Cr Nelmes said.

The Director of CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, Gary Christensen said equipping refugees with driving skills and ultimately a driver's licence will open future employment opportunities and provide access to study and other community services.

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Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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