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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

19 Jul 2019

NAIDOC Week Celebrations Gallery: Voice, Treaty, Truth.

Listen From inland to the coast, wherever you looked you would’ve found our program staff and kids celebrating NAIDOC Week. We could be found joining in the dancing, music, language circles and other festivities across the region. Our programs attended celebrations with badges, bags, stickers, cupcakes and much more as they mingled and participated in... View Article

27 Jun 2019
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Brenda Hits The High Notes

Listen When Ability Linker Wendy first met Brenda (pictured second left with Linker supports) it was almost impossible to make eye contact. For many years Brenda had built her life around looking after her family and household, but somewhere along the way she seemed to have lost all her dreams and aspirations. “It took a long time... View Article

27 Jun 2019
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Shared Stories Shared Lives Armidale

Listen   Shared Stories Shared Lives Pathfinders will be holding Shared Lives Foster Carer Training in Armidale . Training runs 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday and usually finishes by 3pm Sunday, morning tea and lunch will be provided on both days. This training covers all areas of Foster Care and is the prerequisite to being assessed... View Article

14 May 2019

Open Letter of Appreciation

Listen Dear Governor and Mrs Hurley, Thank you. On behalf of Pathfinders and its clients, I wish to thank you for your peerless service and dedication to our State. Your term of service has been marked by compassion, fairness, excellence and tremendous engagement with the people and communities of NSW. But I want to thank... View Article

01 Feb 2019
Shared Stories Shared Lives Foster Care

Shared Stories Shared Lives

Listen Pathfinders will be holding Shared Lives Foster Carer Training at the Pathfinders Inverell Office, 3 Glen Innes road Inverell.  Training runs 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday and usually finishes by 3pm Sunday, morning tea and lunch will be provided on both days. This training covers all areas of Foster Care and is the prerequisite to... View Article