Live Unlimited runs a scheme called Driving Ahead, in partnership with the AA, which provides 30 free driving lessons and driving test to young people leaving care.

The charity based in Barnet, North London, which supports young care leavers to learn to drive, is currently looking for people to take up places on the London to Brighton bike ride, on September 13.

People leaving care are far less likely to learn to drive due to the cost of lessons and not having a family car to practice in. But being able to drive can be a game changer for young care leavers, by increasing confidence, boosting employability and helping to reduce social isolation.

So far, three young people have passed first time, four are currently learning, two are about to take their test and five are about to join the scheme. “By raising funds on the London to Brighton bike ride, you’ll be helping more young people learn to drive and give these vulnerable young people, who’ve not had the best start in life, to prosper and find new opportunities,” says Live Unlimited’s Project Manager, Sue Cocker.

For more information and to get your place contact Project Support Officer Suzy Barber on suzy.barber@barnet.gov.uk / 0208 359 2962

Barnet young care leaver Emma (pictured) learnt to drive through Live Unlimited’s Driving Ahead scheme and passed first time!