Exciting News for Pathfinders

January 22, 2021 12:03 pm

A Message from Alan Brennan, Pathfinders CEO It is with great pleasure I inform you that the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) has renewed Pathfinders’ accreditation to deliver Pathfinders’ Out of Home Care program for 5 years till 2025. The ability to provide safety, support, care and comfort to the most vulnerable children and... View Article

Donated blankets do more than keep out the cold

December 1, 2020 9:07 pm

A local high school has been helping children and young people in the region by knitting blankets. Pathfinders has been working with the Z-club at O’Connor Catholic College in Armidale. Members of Z-club have been busy knitting the cosy and colourful blankets for children and young people who come into care and need to be... View Article

Life as a foster carer – Joan’s story

December 1, 2020 9:02 pm

We sat down with Joan* and her husband to learn a little about life as a foster carer. This is their story. Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey to becoming a foster carer? Fostering had never been on my radar as I worked in the Child Protection/Out of Home Care (OOHC) industry... View Article

Online cooking and art lessons bring young people together virtually  

November 23, 2020 8:43 pm

One of the highlights of 2019-2020 for the Inverell Family and Youth Support Service (IFYSS) was the Eat Smart Program – online classes with a qualified chef showing participants how to cook different meals. The Eat Smart Program was one example of the team adapting to changes due to COVID-19.    Conducting cooking classes in the wake... View Article

A busy year for Tilbuster Station and the Royal

November 23, 2020 8:39 pm

Tilbuster Station Farm, Armidale   Tilbuster Station has undergone a significant transformation during the 2019–2020 year. Renovations have been carried out both internally and externally on the homestead while structural work conducted on the existing original sheds is in the final stages of completion.   The transformation is in readiness for the training centre to be used by Pathfinders and external sources. Work undertaken includes the homestead which is now fit for habitation meaning a... View Article

The Pathfinders commitment to the Sanctuary Model

November 23, 2020 8:30 pm

Pathfinders is committed to its staff, young people, clients, volunteers and community. As part of this commitment, Pathfinders is investing in a three-year implementation plan to imbed the accredited and widely adopted therapeutic care model called the Sanctuary Model (Sanctuary) across the organisation. Sanctuary is a trauma-informed framework for building an organisational culture. It focuses... View Article

Aboriginal Art Competition Attracts Local Talent

July 19, 2020 10:37 am

An art competition to support the development of the Pathfinders Reconciliation Action Plan has showcased the talents of local children and young people. The brief was to design a piece of Aboriginal art for use in the Pathfinders RAP and on other media and promotional material. The competition was open to Aboriginal staff and young... View Article

Pathfinders’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commitment

July 18, 2020 11:19 am

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our programs, services and activities are run. We acknowledge parents, families and communities as the first educators of their children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a long tradition of teaching and learning through sharing their connections with the land and sea, and through... View Article

Pathfinders is Strongly Connected to Families, Schools and Community Agencies

July 18, 2020 10:58 am

Pathfinders Family Referral Service (FRS) is a key initiative under the Government’s Keep Them Safe Action Plan. These new services are implemented by NSW Health. FRS assists children and young people who do not meet the statutory threshold for child protection intervention but would benefit from accessing support to address current problems and prevent future escalations. FRS provides information and links... View Article

Flexible working arrangements keeps Pathfinders reputation as great place to work and helps us in meeting unprecedented COVID–19 issues

July 18, 2020 10:47 am

Pathfinders CEO Alan Brennan, recently announced a refresh of Pathfinders’ Flexible Working Arrangements. “I am pleased to announce that Pathfinders have reviewed our Flexible Working Arrangements policy. We want all current and potential future employees to understand our policy and to understand how they can enhance their working lives while maintaining services to our clients.... View Article