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Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a program funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education. Under the 2017 – 2019 Links to Learning Community Grants Program, Pathfinders has been approved  to deliver targeted programs to students in Year 6 through Year 11 who are at risk of disengaging from learning in the Barwon and the Northern Tablelands school districts.

Projects have been developed in line with Program Guidelines and in collaboration with local schools.

The Program emphasises the importance of completing schooling to achieve future hopes and aspirations and will reach disengaged students via a range of hands-on evidence-informed activities focused around mediums with strong appeal such as drumming, music, art and the outdoors.  Delivered in a highly interactive and powerful way, the intent is that participants develop life-changing thinking that will positively impact on future behaviour and decisions.

Pathfinders therapeutic approach to youth development within the RAP philosophy Circle of Courage, which looks at youth development and welfare through the four elements – Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity was used as inspiration during the project’s development.

Objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program

Key objectives of the Links to Learning Community Grants Program include:

  1. CONNECT– schools identify appropriate students in partnership with funded organisations. Other agencies may be aware of students who would benefit from this support. However, all referrals must be made through a participating school.
  2. ENGAGE – students are actively engaged in meaningful activities delivered by the funded organisations.
  3. LEARN – students are provided with learning opportunities aimed at improving their education, employment and life skills. The delivery of recognised credentials is an important part of many courses.
  4. PLAN – individualised plans are developed collaboratively with students to identify goals and strategies for their transition from Links to Learning projects to their base school.
  5. TRANSITION – students are supported in implementing their individual plan for successfully transitioning from Links to Learning projects to their base school.

Latest News

15 Feb 2018

Pathfinders’ Free Bun Bun Playgroup Sessions Are Back

Listen Ashford’s Bun Bun supported playgroup has resumed after the summer holidays, welcoming bubs and carers every Wednesday for free crafts, play and learning. Pathfinders Inverell Family and Youth Support Service (IFYSS) hosts the supported playgroup to offer age-appropriate activities and a support gathering for parents with babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children. Natasha Brown,... View Article

12 Feb 2018

Pathfinders Responds to Latest Child Protection Services Report

Listen Nearly 48,000 children in Australia were taken away from their families and placed into out-of-home care last financial year.  Alan Brennan, CEO of Pathfinders says this is an alarming statistic that highlights the vital need for more preventative measures from child-protection advocates. Pathfinders, a not-for-profit agency, provides a number of out-of-home care and family... View Article

07 Feb 2018

Ability Links NSW Program Ticks Over 1 Million Community Connections

Listen Ability Links NSW is celebrating after reaching 1 million community connections made across the state. Brett Pischke, Pathfinders’ Ability Links Coordinator, said the milestone highlights the important work Ability Links NSW does in supporting people to develop a sense of belonging in their communities and in making communities more inclusive. “Ability Links NSW program... View Article

15 Dec 2017

Pathfinders Responds to Specialist Homelessness Services Report

Listen A report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlighted the continuing chronic issue of youth homelessness and the importance of specialist homelessness services, the CEO of Pathfinders, Alan Brennan, said. Pathfinders, a not-for-profit agency, runs a number of refuges, crisis accommodation and youth services for families and children in the... View Article

07 Dec 2017

Pathfinders Appoints New Board Members

Listen Three new highly experienced board members were appointed at Pathfinders’ well attended Annual General Meeting held in Armidale last week. Pathfinders’ Chairperson, Fiona Miron, officially welcomed Armidale local Alyssa Lincoln as well as Sydney-based Anastasia Glushko and Alex Shaw onto the Pathfinders’ Board of Directors for the next two years. Originally from Inverell, Alyssa... View Article