Tilbuster Station was gifted to Pathfinders by a private benefactor. Their wish was that the property be used for child and youth development, and the support of families.
The property is utilised as a venue to continue and expand upon the work that Pathfinders does with at risk youth and local families. Through this generosity, Pathfinders is working to turn this property into a multi-functional youth and family centre. With long and short-term plans for renovations and construction, Pathfinders aims to develop this property to eventually become a regional centre for youth and family development.
Disadvantaged young people are participating in a range of agricultural, horticultural and trade skills programs such as crop and vegetable production, animal husbandry, beef cattle production, fencing, welding and building construction. Programs are designed to enhance self-esteem, skills and work readiness of young people and to instil the values of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.
Our Tilbuster Station program is possible due to wide public support, the partnerships Pathfinders has developed within the community and the generosity of individual farmers and tradespeople who have stepped forward to assist in this worthwhile endeavour.
Through our innovative partnerships, not only are we showing our young people how to work collaboratively and to give generously, we are also fulfilling the wishes of our generous benefactor.
These partnerships demonstrate the benefit of NGO’s working together, the vitality of the local NGO sector and the value young people have within the community.
While we are currently seeking additional funding to further develop Tilbuster Station, we can now begin to utilise the property to expand our current reach and offer new forms of support, education and development to our young people. These community partnerships are a big initial step in that direction.
Creating opportunities for young people to contribute to society through meaningful activities and employment is a core philosophy in our service delivery.
Listen The Pathfinders Pumpkin Run team had another eager, early morning as the staff and young people headed to the OzHarvest warehouse in Alexandria to unload pumpkins. A group of Pumpkin Runners put on their bright yellow OzHarvest aprons before heading into the kitchen to wash, peel, chop and prepare veggies for the pumpkin soup.... View Article
Listen The Pathfinders Pumpkin Run team had an awesome day in Newcastle! With a trailer full of pumpkins, the team drove off to Soul Café Newcastle to donate veggies, make pumpkin soup and assist in serving lunch to those in need. Thanks to Bob from City Pharmacy, Pathfinders was able to set up a bright... View Article
Listen It was an early yet beautiful morning for staff and young people as we gathered at Tilbuster Station in Armidale to pack up the rest of the pumpkins for the Pumpkin Run. Pathfinders’ staff, young people and volunteers made pumpkin production lines to load the myriad of veggies into a ute, trailer and horse... View Article
Listen A little visual snapshot of Orange Sky Laundry‘s visit to Tilbuster on Tuesday.
Listen Young Australians of the Year Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett dropped in to Tilbuster Station to speak to the youth of Armidale with their Orange Sky Laundry van, washing and drying clothes for the homeless. Over 70 people turned out on a wet day to welcome the Young Australians of the Year on their nomination... View Article
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