Yarra Women behind the wheel

Yarra women behind the wheel

The first week of June marked the end of our driving program in Collingwood, curated by MiCare and the Inner Melbourne Settlement Engagement Transition Support team. The driving program serves women of refugee and migrant backgrounds living in or near the City of Yarra, who have difficulty obtaining their driver’s license. The course spans 6 weeks and is packed full of information on driving laws, the licensing system, the finances of owning and driving a car, staying safe on the road, and drivers’ rights and responsibilities. In collaboration with our partners- Carringbush Adult Education, Victoria Police, Neighborhood Justice Centre Financial Counsellors, Fitzroy Legal Service, and Victoria Legal Aid, we have built a robust course. After the completion of the classes, the participating women are given 5 driving lessons with an instructor who teaches in-language to strengthen driving skills.

The importance of these classes does not limit to obtaining a license but also has practical benefits like easing caring duties, enhancing freedom and independence, increasing participation in the wider community, and improving employability.


~Ava Raku

Settlement worker

I would like to thank you and MiCare for giving me this opportunity to have a laptop to study the IT program as I will start the course soon. The course will be two days in the class face to face and two days online so it helps me saving time to study at home instead of going to the library.

~ Hanan khorsheed

Migrant Services

“Your activism inspires me to not just participate in activism but to be an activist in my own community and support women to live in a world free from violence”

~Liliane, Community leader for Burundian Cultural Ladies of Victoria. Participated in MFVCovid 19 project 2021


Avondrust Lodge

The new friends I have made, in both Elders and staff, has made it easier for me in my new home. The staff are such beautiful people; I feel very lucky.

~Elder Maria P, Avondrust Lodge- Carrum Downs

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