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The Drive Project

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The Drive Project provides up to the value of £500.00 funding for driving lessons, a theory and practical test for looked after young people 17+ and care leavers up to the age of 21 (or 25 if in full-time education) who are the responsibility of Durham County Council.  

The Drive Project is limited to 15 people per year. If the project has been fully allocated you will be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available.


If you wish to download an application pack, leaflet or have any enquiries about the project, please see the bottom of this page. 


How the drive project will help you

Contribute to half the cost of driving lessons including cars and motorcycle CBT. Young people are expected to pay the other half themselves.  The Drive Project will pay for the lesson one week, the young person will pay for the lesson the next week.

Support young people by paying in full for their theory and practical test, up to a maximum of three tests. It is expected that young people turn up for their test and key workers provide the support to help them do this. This includes supporting them to get to test centres and helping them to prepare for tests.

We will link you with the people support for those young people who want it, to help them pass their driving theory test. Young people will be able to practice the test on laptops, try the multi choice questions and the hazard perception.

Contact + Download Links

If you have any questions relating to the Drive Project, please contact Investing in Children via phone on 0191 307 7030 or email

To download an application pack, please click here

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