Grant helps people with a disability learn to drive.

Getting around: Fiona Sing behind the wheel of the new learner vehicle for people with a disability. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGB02
Getting around: Fiona Sing behind the wheel of the new learner vehicle for people with a disability. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140617GGB02

Learning to drive is a right of passage for any young person, but for people with a disability there can be additional hurdles.

That makes the latest donation from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation even more exciting.

Local disability service provider Northcott has received $34,700 to go towards an accessible learner vehicle, which will enable people with a disability to learn to drive and obtain a driver’s licence without the higher costs.

“The grant .. will allow Northcott to provide an accessible vehicle in Tamworth for short term rental at a very affordable cost, to enable people to learn to drive without incurring high costs and increase their ability to travel, work and engage in social activities,” Regional Manager for Northcott Matt Old said.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Executive Officer Graham Batten said “it enables people in regional areas with a disability to increase their independence and confidence where the ability to be independently mobile is important to many aspects of their lives”.