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Settlement Driver and Road Safety Programs Bike education program Little BUGs supports newly arrived refugee families and young people to understand and participate in safe road use as cyclists. The project introduces and develops the safe use of cycling as a sustainable transport option for young people. The program involved the Thomastown English Language School, volunteers from Whittlesea Bicycle Users Group (WBUG) and WCC, Bike n Bean, Gold Cross Cycles and Epping Police. The program has operated at the primary school, the local Traffic School, a Bike Shop and in local parks. Additional sessions for parents were provided in various languages other than English. L2P Funded by Vic Roads, The L2P program assists disadvantaged young people to acquire 120 hours of driving practice in order to acquire their probationary license. In the last 12 months: ? 68 young people accessed the program, made The learner permit program, promotes road safety awareness among newly arrived refugees. Each program ran for 5 days, providing practical support and training before participants take their Learner Permit test at Vic Roads on the final day. Of the 23 participants who participated in both programs, 20 successfully passed their learner permit test. Drive-4-Life - 2012-2013 Drive 4 Life was funded by Whittlesea council and is focused on newly arrived single mothers who are looking for work. ? 10 participants were supported by ? 5 dedicated volunteers ? 6 passed their licence test ? 4 are in the process of acquiring their license. RACV-Driving program-2012-2013 - funds given by RACV allowed us to purchase formal driving lessons for newly arrived refugees. In the last 12 months 5 newly arrived participants benefited from the program. possible by our dedicated volunteers who offered a total of ? ? 1,571 hours of their time to mentor those who otherwise would not be able to access driving support. 7 young people acquired their probationary license 15