I am extremely proud to be the official Brand Ambassador for The Community Driving School who are the only UK and, perhaps the world’s only not-for-profit Driving school.
A staggering amount of jobs require driving licenses despite not having any form of driving in the job description. If you are unable to afford driving lessons or have difficulties in dealing with the enclosed environment public transport and cars have, then you are at an immediate disadvantage in life, and standard driving schools only ever concentrate on teaching you to drive, not developing the person behind the wheel.
Founded by John Nicolson, who is a suicide survivor, the Community Driving school offer marginalised people, including victims of abuse, Exploitation, trafficking, poverty, low waged, or those suffering from poor mental health free driving lessons, confidence building and careers support. In return students volunteer for a community in their local community.
The stories of how this helps students turn around their life is truly humbling. I have experienced a lot of sexism and discrimination for being a young female in a male dominated industry, so feel a real synergy with their mission.
I support the Community Driving School to raise awareness, networking, help motivate their students and speak at key events. This year will be using the race car to raise awareness of their mission and also inviting students to the races with us, not as spectators but members of the team to help with their confidence building and work experience.
The community Driving school are now launching across the UK and I invite all my partners to get involved. Please read more about this under my personal 'Raising the Roof' tab.
I will be regularly linking videos here of the students of The Community Driving School.
Please meet Rebecca, this video is just the tip of the iceberg of what she has had to deal with, yet despite all of this, her courage and determination of promoting the work of CDS is inspirational to us all.