Amie Maga, Migrant Action Trust Manager, helms the driving programme of the Puketāpapa Community Driving School since its establishment in December 2017. Celebrating PCDS' third year, Amie reports to the community stakeholders its milestones and gives acknowledgement to its supporters through the years.
This month, Puketāpapa Community Driving School (PCDS) is celebrating 3 years of training safe drivers, and changing lives one licence at a time.
As a community-owned social enterprise, we have delivered 1,706 hours of paid driving lessons and had over 248 full-paying service users. With that income, PCDS has been able to support urgent referrals, such as single mothers who have children with special needs, others wanting to escape abusive relationships and gain independence, as well as providing 22 community members with subsidised driving lessons.
For 2020, we are happy to share that we have over 88 passers. This includes 36 women with a refugee background who faced multiple barriers to get their licence. Most of these women urgently required a drivers licence to gain full-time employment, and to get around for essential trips like grocery shopping or taking their children to and from school.
We are also excited to announce that in 2021, we will have a driving simulator available for new drivers who have those with zero experience behind the wheel. A special thanks to the Puketāpapa Local Board, ANZ Foundation, and the Ministry of Social Development for the grant that will enable us to build confidence in new drivers, especially youth and former refugees, in a safe learning environment.
… and Wesley Community Centre, COGS, Support for Volunteering Fund, Women’s Fund, Ākina Foundation, Good Sense, and all individual donors who helped keep our community driving school going. Without your support, none of this would not have been possible. We are incredibly grateful to each and every person who chooses PCDS – thank you so much!