Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services

Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services is the delivery of specialist homelessness services through the Going Home Staying Home reforms, with an increased focus on early intervention so people access the right support locally, when they need it and before they reach crisis point.  Under this new system, people who become homeless will be rehoused as quickly as possible or supported in crisis or transitional accommodation until they can be safely housed or reconnected with family.

Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services can be accessed through:

Armidale Youth Homelessness Support Service

The Armidale Youth Homelessness Support Service incorporates the Armidale Youth Refuge (AYR) and was the first program operated by Pathfinders Ltd. The AYR was first established in 1985 and continues to operate today more than 30 years on.  The refuge assists young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Armidale area.  It provides client centred homelessness support including:

  • prevention and early intervention
  • rapid rehousing
  • crisis and transitional accommodation
  • brokerage support
  • intensive support for young people with complex needs

Young people aged 16 to 25 years old, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and young people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be given priority of access.

The Refuge strives to ensure all young people be cared for in ways that build and expand their personal skills and life opportunities by aiming to:

  • prevent youth homelessness through provision of accommodation and support services including the refuge but also via supported independent living houses, mediation and family counselling services and advocacy;
  • support culturally appropriate interactions with families and children;
  • ensure families, children and young people are active participants in the service delivery process; and
  • provide independent living skills training programs to enhance the well-being of families, children and young people in the local community and the wider region.

Inverell Women and Children’s Refuge

The Inverell Women and Children’s refuge supports women, children and young women over 16 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including those affected by domestic and family violence.

Support is provided in the Inverell and Glen Innes Local Government areas, with regular servicing of outlying communities including Tenterfield, Deepwater, Emmaville, Drake, Red Range, Wallangarra, Ashford and Gilgai in the response to need.

Inverell and Glen Innes Specialist Homelessness Support Outreach

These services assist young people, women, men and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  The target group includes women and children affected by domestic and family violence, young parents, young people under the age of 16 years and young people leaving care or other institutions.  Support will be provided in the Inverell and Glen Innes Local Government areas, with regular servicing of outlying communities (including Tenterfield, Deepwater, Emmaville, Drake, Red Range, Wallangarra and Ashford) in the response to need.  This Service has a strong focus on responses for Aboriginal, young people, women, men and families and is accessible to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Latest News

19 May 2016

24/7 support now at Inverell Women’s Refuge

Listen The State Government announced today extra funding for Women’s shelters across the New England including Pathfinders Women & Children’s Refuge in Inverell.  The funding over the next two years will now provide 24/7 access to support, housing and financial assistance to women and children experiencing domestic violence. The Inverell Women & Children’s Refuge will now... View Article

13 Apr 2016

Youth Week hip hop’s along

Listen Our Homelessness Support Service held another Youth Week event in Guyra today. The hip hop workshops were popular along with Sumo suit wrestling and a few rounds of basketball.

08 Apr 2016

Youth week gets under way with skate skills

Listen What a great start to National Youth Week! The Inverell & Glen Innes Homelessness Support Services held their skateboarding skills, demonstration and competition today. It was hotly contested with many young people participating. The sleep out will be held in Victoria Park tonight with activities, outdoor cinema onsie suit competition and more.

21 Dec 2015

Christmas Joy in Inverell

Listen Inverell local ration station 2NZ has put the call out to its listeners to donate to the Pathfinders Christmas appeal and what a response we got!   Pathfinders SHS Inverell in conjunction with radio 2NZ are distributing the donations as part of a hamper to clients of the SHS program or those who are... View Article

03 Aug 2015

Welcoming environment for youth

Listen Find out what our Armidale Youth Refuge does for those in need in our community and see the wonderful work the staff and young people have done to make the Refuge a safe and welcoming environment.  

Armidale Youth Refuge

p: 02 6772 6557
m: 0417 221 512

Inverell Women and Children’s Refuge

p: 02 6722 3502

Inverell Homelessness Support Service Outreach

p: 02 6720 8865
m: 0427 726 559

Glen Innes Homelessness Support Service Outreach

p: 02 6732 1177
m:0427 726 557