The Salvation Army is helping former refugees gain independence with its Open Road driver training programme in
Open Road helps refugees improve their driving skills and safe driving practices to get to the stage where they can pass
their restricted driver’s licence test. That can be a huge step in settling into their new communities, becoming
independent and securing employment.
Volunteer mentors supervise learner drivers for up to 20 weeks, with two, one-hour drives weekly.
Mentors receive training from a professional driving instructor and are supported by Salvation Army staff through the
The Salvation Army is keen to hear from drivers willing to work with people to become better and safer drivers. More
information is available by emailing
Open Road is modelled on the New Zealand Transport Agency initiative, the Community Driver Mentor Programme.
Caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.
The Salvation Army is an international movement and an evangelical branch of the Christian Church that expresses its
ministry through a range of spiritual and social programmes. Our operational headquarters for New Zealand, Fiji and
Tonga is in Wellington, New Zealand.