National Youth Week

Youth week

Youth Week and Youth Homelessness week is a yearly event which see Pathfinders and its programs get involved in many social and community activities.

Pathfinders operate a number of programs and services based in promoting youth and family welfare.

Pathfinders programs and services include:

  • Youth social, recreational and vocational centres and programs
  • Family referral services to ensure assistance gets to families and their children when they need it
  • Refuge and supported accommodation services to young people
  • Regional youth centre providing vocational skills development, education, and accreditation
  • Full time residential support for young people in out-of-home-care
  • Youth drop-in support centre
  • Child protection and family referral services
  • Provision of long-term residential out-of-home-care services and foster care programs for children and young people under the guardianship of the Minister for Community Services
  • Parenting and family strengthening workshops and information sessions
  • Provision of family preservation services, supervised contact, therapeutic camps/activities and after care services to vulnerable children, young people and their families

In Armidale, our programs will be involved in many activities during Youth Homelessness week. Pathfinders are again holding its annual Pumpkin Run, taking our young people to Newcastle and Sydney and will donate pumpkins to the young, homeless and the disadvantaged. Our young people have yielded a healthy crop of pumpkins at Tilbuster Station in Armidale, and have organised a donation to youth refuges in Newcastle and Sydney. Over 3,000 pumpkins are growing on Tilbuster Station where our young people have planted, watered, grown and will cultivate these pumpkins.

The donation is an act of compassion and adds a synergy to the Pathfinders’ program at Tilbuster Station, where disadvantaged youth in the country are lending a helping hand to homeless youth in the city.

The program at Tilbuster Station teaches students the importance of agriculture and farming, as well as essential life skills to develop their sense of independence and self-esteem. Learning these life skills has been an important factor in showing just what young people are capable of, and how they can give back to their community.

Each night in Australia more than 26,000 young people don’t have a safe and secure place to call home. Young people at Tilbuster Station wanted to provide practical assistance to homeless youth, draw attention to their plight and the experience of homelessness in Sydney.

We want to demonstrate the resilience, generosity and compassion of young people and emphasise they aren’t looking for handouts, but contributing to the wellbeing of others.

Pathfinders’ Family Referral Service (FRS) is located in the Minto Building on Rusden Street and is a key initiative under the Government’s Keep Them Safe Action Plan. 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 vulnerable children, young people and their families to a range of support services in their local areas.

Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) 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. SHS in Armidale can be accessed through the Armidale Youth Refuge and Outreach. The refuge assists young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Armidale area.

Pathfinders’ aims to improve the quality of life and well-being for each individual that that comes in contact with one of our services, whilst also benefitting the larger communities we work within. As the Pathfinders Vision and Mission statement suggest, Pathfinders is passionate about working towards ensuring every individual is given the right opportunities to become a valued and contributing member of our society.