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Learning to drive can be an exciting step on the path to independence for many young people but for those living with disability there can be additional hurdles to overcome.

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017.

The situation is even more acute in regional centres like Tamworth where a lack of public transport can lead to many people with disability being isolated from their community, employment and social life.

Fortunately, this situation is about to change thanks to our $34,700 grant which has been provided to local disability service provider Northcott for an accessible learner vehicle. This will enable people with a disability to learn to drive and obtain a driver’s licence without the higher costs.

Publically available cars adapted for people with a disability are rare in regional areas which means getting your ‘Ls’ can involve buying a new car or alternatively, having an existing car modified. This can be prohibitively expensive according to Matt Old, Regional Manager for Northcott.

Charitable Foundation beneficiary Northcott
Northcott - Tamworth

The Foundation congratulates Northcott for delivering an important service for people in Tamworth and surrounds who may otherwise find themselves isolated or marginalised.

Charitable Foundation Executive Officer, Graham Batten

“The grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation 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,” Matt said.

“The Charitable Foundation is pleased to provide this grant as 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,” Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Executive Officer, Graham Batten said.

“The Foundation congratulates Northcott for delivering an important service for people in Tamworth and surrounds who may otherwise find themselves isolated or marginalised,” Graham said.

Northcott is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit disability service organisations with more than 85 years experience and expertise in the disability service industry. A registered NDIS provider, it employs over 1000 staff in offices throughout NSW and the ACT and provides empowering, personalised services to over 14,500 people with disability, their families and carers each year.

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