With the help of the Transurban Queensland community grant program, Access is empowering refugee and migrant women to learn to drive and in turn, improve their employment and social opportunities with our Women at the Wheel project. The project is specifically designed to help refugee and migrant women in the Logan region gain an Australian driver’s licence by assisting them with developing the practical skills required to safely operate a vehicle, understanding road rules and how to react to emergencies on the road.
Access’ Client Services Manager Kenny Duke believes the grant is of great benefit to our female clients, saying, “For many refugee and migrant women, not being able to drive creates a major barrier to employment, accessing local services and being able to connect with others in the community.”
“Women, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, play a fundamental role in the effective engagement of families into communities and in establishing the multicultural identity of Australia. The skills, leadership and resilience of women can have a direct impact on the social integration mindset of the entire family. By increasing their mobility and independence, the project will empower our clients with the skills needed to become more connected socially, and economically participate within their communities,” she said.
Thanks to the help of Transurban, Access are thrilled to be changing women’s lives one skill set at a time.