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23 hours ago
WHAT A VIEW! What and where is the best view you've since whilst driving?
If you have a photo add it in the comments, we'd love to re-share some 🙂
The perk of being a driving instructor based in Thanet is that we get some glorious views 😍
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4 days ago
Taking your theory test tip:
Book your test
You may not be prepared at this point but booking your test in will give you that push and accountability to study and prepare.
By paying for the test you are solidifying your commitment and committing to learning.
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7 days ago
Why would you be involved in our project?
Here we meet some of our amazing and inspiring sponsors for Community Driving School.
Thank you all, for your continued support to us.
Do you want to be involved?
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This is an amazing, heartfelt project. You are having such a positive impact in people's lives. Keep up the good work
I loved hearing about Community Driving School in our chat lat week. You do such great work.
Always happy to share and support this project! Sometimes all people need is a leg-up and the CDS is such a worthwhile cause.
Sounds fantastic John
We love being apart of your community, John. What you do is life changing!!
Looks like a great project. I will share it out for you
You really do make a difference and thank you so much for your referral. We are all helping each other
John, Silverwood Handmade Jewellery will sign up as a member when I get home tonight as I don't have my bank card with me now. I think the work you are doing is incredible and I'd be honoured to support you!
A brilliant concept
I like this, very interesting !
Wow, you're awesom
This is amazing. Great idea!
1 week ago
A saying that frequently comes to mind with me is, "All roads lead to a road".🛣️
🚗Being a new driver can be pretty nerve racking, especially when it's your first time on your own and definitely when you are driving somewhere you've never been before, like a job interview.
But don't worry, every road is going to lead to another that will take you in the right direction. If at any moment you are struggling, pull over at the safest place and gather your thoughts.
We'd love to hear from you, comment on places you were initially nervous when driving to and what kept you going? 🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
To be honest I never know where I’m going.... I was literally born with no sense of direction!!
Happy Rain Day☔
I know it's the middle of Summer but it's England, who knows what the weather is going to do?
With that in mind, here are some tips for driving in the rain
1. Wait until the weather improves if possible - If you can postpone your trip then wait until the weather improves. There is no reason to put yourself through anxiety and potentially danger
2. Slow down - If you are struggling to concentrate or even feeling anxious, sometimes the easiest thing to do is slow down to enable yourself to concentrate better
3. Increase your following distance between your car and the car in front - You don't know what other drivers are going to do, so it's important to anticipate and prepare for if the other drivers brake.
4. Turn your headlights on & use your windshield wipers - The car was made with these tools, it's important to use them, especially for the visibility whilst it rains ... See MoreSee Less
APPEAL FOR HELP
Our car, Jennifer, needs a bit of love and attention at the moment as she had a bit of an accident.
She won't be on the road for a short while as she needs to recover, but I do have a back-up vehicle.
I want to appeal to my family and friends if you can become a member of Community Driving School for as little as £10 per month, it will help with the repair bill.
Please help me to help others.
The young lady involved in the incident suffers from extremely low self-esteem and confidence. She also self-harms. She was so pleased to tell me that because of learning to drive and the confidence it has given her, she and her boyfriend are expecting a child.
Both the young lady and I are okay.
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Oh no! Glad everyone’s alright!
Did you know 75% of millennials would take a pay cut to work for a responsible company, and 83% would be more loyal to a business that enables them to contribute to solving social and environmental problems?
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Wow, just shows how much people value the ethos behind the company more than what they are offering sometimes.
I try to explain to business owners all the time. The younger generation have different values to their parents. They will not stay in a job just for the sake of having a job. They really want their lives to matter and want to make a difference. In my opinion that is a good think. They can be a real asset to the Company and business owner that understands business as usual just won't cut it.
That is really interesting. The new generation have definitely been raised to question and think about wider issues!
Interesting facts and something for us as businesses to think about.
Something to think about, the workforce needs are changing.
Interesting statistics. That's really great to know
Very encouraging figures.
It's important to learn from both directions of generations those that have been and those to come. 🙂 - Gordon Gekko's had his day 😉
Definitely something to think about
I think this is definitely true especially those who still live at home with Mum and Dad and no financial ties.
Wow that’s powerful but good to know
I am in awe of my daughter and her friends (although technically they are GenZ)...so much more clued up that I ever felt at her age. Millennials and GenZ are much less snowflake generation than people think.
When starting your driving journey it's important to think about all the costs involved so that you can figure out exactly what you need to be ready to take the big steps.
It can all seem very pricey at the beginning, however, it is worth it in the end as it can set up your life for an untold amount of opportunities.
Here's a list of the things you have to think about when calculating how much you need in the long run:
1. Driving lessons - How many hours will you require? (Discuss recommendations with your instructor)
2. First car - Second hand cars can be more affordable - Where should you look? What's your budget?
3. Car insurance - Where is doing the best deal for first time drivers? Should you get a blackbox? Will you pay monthly or yearly?
4. Car tax - Monthly or yearly payments?
5. Petrol - How much can you budget for a month?
6. MOT's & Servicing ... See MoreSee Less
All good points!
Congratulations to Jamie for passing his driving test before lockdown. Unfortunately, circumstances meant he couldn't put all his new skills to the test as much as he wanted to but now lockdown has been lifted, here's to driving to new places and exploring. ... See MoreSee Less
👏👏👏 well done Jamie and CDS 👏👏👏
Where is #Olive?😱🙈
Yes he’s out and about and driving to work x thank you John for getting him through his test and Charley too 👍😃
Awareness is important as most people investigate before they buyWhere is social media placed when it comes to attracting new clients?
Social Media is about building relationships so gives your potential clients an insight into your business through the awareness you create via your marketing channels. Social Media is one of the most successful ways to raise awareness.
Social Media is also used when people are considering and researching where to buy their goods or services. This is why having a presence on social media is so important.
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🧘♀️ Wednesday's call for some wisdom 🧘♂️
MANAGING YOUR MINDSET WHILST LEARNING TO DRIVE:
You've decided you're going to learn to drive, this is a big step that will ultimately change your life for the better, albeit, somewhat expensive in the short term.
With this in mind, we understand you may come across mental obstacles that may stop you on your path. Here are some key tips for managing your mindset whilst learning to drive.
1. Know your why - Why are you taking driving lessons in the first place? Is there a dream job you want but need to drive for? Maybe you just want to have more freedom? Focus on what you are here for.
2. Commit to learning and take the good days with the bad days - we all have moments of anxiety when learning something new and that IS okay.
3. Commit to your goals - Maybe you want to pass your theory by a certain date? Having goals can drive you (pun totally intended) to focusing more.
4. Talk to your driving instructor - Share your goals, fears and dreams with your driving instructor, we are just as invested as you are and want you to succeed. We want to help you as much as possible.
What mindset tricks would you advise to people learning to drive? 🚗💨 ... See MoreSee Less
My son took 5 attempts to pass his test. I think it was a good thing as the extra lessons helped to make him a much safer driver. He was a few days from his 18th birthday when he eventually passed. He is probably a safer driver than me.
Anxiety can be such a crippling thing to live with, so it's great to know that there are people out there like you who are willing to support and help people to overcome their obstacles to gain freedom and independence.
Went for a lesson with John today and we spoke about the mental health benefits of driving! This is so true and I speak from experience, the confidence that you gain from learning to drive with John carries over to other aspects of your life! Thanks John for all your support!
Being able to drive gives you so much freedom to this is great that you are helping people get their freedom
So true. I know a few people that had to take their test multiple times as they kept panicking on the same manoeuvre.
The work that you do around this is amazing. I know how much you care about it and I've seen the testimonials too. Keep doing what you're doing mate.
Learning to drive can be nerve wracking but the independence it gives you is 100% worth it
Mindset on anything challenging is always key. Great work!
A great idea
Although some of us have had one big "Summer holiday", we are soon going into another.
A perfect time to learn to drive since we have the light for longer and could potentially pass your driving before going back to school.
We provide a 20% discount for driving lessons to CDS Members. For example, 20 hours would cost £468 opposed to £585 without the discount. Excluding the special offers, you can get by being a Member.
👇See our lesson price below👇
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Saturday Caturday right?😸
Say hello to Sashca, our Chief Morale Officer.
Sascha is in charge of keeping spirits high when it's time to have a break, even when that break actually means getting her food or having playtime. ... See MoreSee Less
Crazy fat cat we love you 🐱🐱💖🐾
1 month ago
FRIENDS & FAMILY PLEASE SHARE - Rebecca, this incredible young woman suffering from anxiety and depression has seen so much change in her life since having access to sponsored driving lessons.
We wouldn't be able to offer this life-changing service without the contribution of our £10 a month members and the businesses that support our cause, bringing freedom, employment, identification and safety to the community.
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Wow, John. What an amazing video. A true inspiration to the community you are
I am absolutely behind John Nicholson's Community Driving School - its a sad fact that being unable to afford to learn to drive means missed opportunities for many. John is doing all he can to remedy that and improve self-esteeem of his clients. Keep up the good work!
I love this. Well done John Nicholson and Rebecca 🥰
Such a brilliant cause!
You do great things for peoples life and well being
Brilliant idea 💡
Such an amazing story
What a wonderful idea!
Brian Elle Linda James Julie Paul Glen Graham Dave Anita - please, please tag people you think can help support our cause. Thank you in advance 🙂
Helping the low waged and unemployed with sponsored driving lessons. We are always seeking sponsorship from individuals and businesses. #SBS winner 2018
@TVNaga01 Brilliant reply. And without being nasty. Well said Naga
It only takes a few minutes to leave a review on Google but it can make a huge difference to a small business!
Meet Grace who now uses the word "future" about herself since joining our scheme. @SirRogerGale @jjsystems @julesserkin @TheSBS_Crew @FSBSouthEast @KentCommunity @County_Garage
#CommunityCentreWeek Here at @supportbechange we love working with the Community no more than now during #COVIDー19 Crisis delivering Meals and Food Parcels to those in need. #NeverMoreNeeded #MondayMotivation #Aylesham #DoverDistrict #Charity
Sam volunteers at our partner charity @supportbechange who have supported her through some very difficult times. Thank you @KentCommunity @PortOfDover @ColyerFergusson @County_Garage @SirRogerGale
@patmarsh Darn.. #foundout..lol Have a great weekend sir.
@patmarsh there has been an update regarding the accident involving the lorry carrying snooker equipment, apart from the miles of cues.. Someone has filmed it all in slow motion and you can see it frame by frame... - TAXI
@patmarsh @BBCRadioKent @watsoncomedian @StephenDFBrown @NEacersall Have a great show and be careful.. Apparently there was an accident on the M2 involving a lorry carrying Snooker equipment. There were cues for miles.. TAXI
Your business is part of a community & that community needs to support your business. What would happen to your business if the community is suffering? Help us to help YOUR community
Meet Rebecca. Another person supported by @KentCommunity and their trust in our cause. So many other community businesses to thank as well including @County_Garage @jjsystems @kentlawsociety @FSBSouthEast @InvictaChamber
@balir50 @KentCommunity @ColyerFergusson @supportbechange @County_Garage @liquidcomp @MichOvens @discovery_pa @benitamatofska Thank you guys.. Am struggling with theworkload.. But will get there #togetherstronger
Our thanks to @KentCommunity for trusting us and believing in our cause. This video shows what their funding has allowed us to achieve
@MichOvens Agreed, such a great cause and their enthusiasm is obvious for all to see. Worthy winners and hope to see them all again soon.
@HytheCSC @KentCommunity @ColyerFergusson @supportbechange Thank you so much and I know that Tayla will be taking her test as soon as she is able and we will let you all know when she passes
@KentCommunity @ColyerFergusson @supportbechange @County_Garage @liquidcomp @MichOvens @discovery_pa @benitamatofska Thank you for your support. This wouldn't be possible without your belief and trust.
@GaryLineker Don't let the negative people in. You are better than them
Why get involved with a community project? What is in it for business owners? The stats below tell you why it is VITAL businesses get involved. #CSR
In this video, Tayla thanks everybody for their support. You have turned her life around🤩 @KentCommunity @ColyerFergusson @supportbechange @County_Garage @liquidcomp @MichOvens @discovery_pa @benitamatofska