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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

06 Oct 2017

Foster Care Week Disco 2017

Listen Last month, Pathfinders celebrated Foster Care Week and acknowledged all the fantastic work of New South Wale’s foster carers and agencies. Pathfinders in Armidale teamed up with local NGOs including Challenge Community Services, CFDU and Foundations Care to host a Foster Care Week Disco for kids in the community. Our organisations worked together to... View Article

20 Sep 2017

Pathfinders Offering Free Parenting Course in Inverell

Listen Parents in the Inverell community will be able access an insightful, free parenting program through Pathfinders’ Inverell Family & Youth Support Services (IFYSS) starting on Thursday, October 12. The eight-week practical program will run every Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at the Pathfinders Inverell office and will cover topics like communication, self-esteem, trust, emotional... View Article

13 Sep 2017

Young Foster Carer Leading the Way this Foster Care Week

Listen With more than 20,000 children in out-of-home care in New South Wales and a shortage of foster carers, 21-year-old Natasha Brown decided to answer the call for help. The young Inverell resident never saw foster care in her future, but her support work with Pathfinders Non-Placement Support Services inspired her to apply. “Working with... View Article

12 Sep 2017

Tamworth Biker Club Makes Generous Donation to Pathfinders’ Disability Service

Listen The Ulysses Club Tamworth Branch’s free motorbike rides created plenty of smiles at the recent Pathfinders Ability Links Festival of Abilities – and this week they continued their support with a $1000 donation to the program. David McCoy, President of the Ulysses Club Tamworth Branch, said the Club sold raffle tickets at meetings to... View Article

08 Sep 2017

Innovative Culture Camp to Revive Traditions for Aboriginal Youth

Listen Not-for-profit and out-of-home care provider, Pathfinders, is set to launch its first ever indigenous Cultural Camp to help Aboriginal youth reconnect with their culture. To be held at The Willows in Glen Innes, New South Wales, during the October school holidays the four day camp is designed to address the loss of transmission of... View Article