In an exciting initiative, Pathfinders has formed a partnership with Armidale Meals on Wheels (MOW) to supply their new kitchen with fresh vegetables from the Pathfinders property – Tilbuster Station.
Pathfinders CEO Alan Brennan said, “The partnership will produce fresh vegetables for MOW and youth involved in the Pathways program will gain valuable rural skills training.”
The Tilbuster property was generously donated to Pathfinders, by benefactor Dr Marie Delaney. Her wish was that the property be used for child and youth development, and the support of families.
“I feel through innovative partnerships like this, we are fulfilling Dr Delaney’s wishes,” said Alan Brennan.
This week, young people in the Pathways program will be harvesting produce that will soon be in meals delivered by MOW throughout the region. This partnership demonstrates the benefit of NGO’s working together, the vitality of the local NGO sector and the value young people have within the community.
This is one of a number of programs with hands on workshops operated by Pathfinders and its partners on the Tilbuster property. These programs are designed to assist disengaged youth to gain work experience, skill development and vocational qualifications.
Pathfinders CEO Alan Brennan said, “This is an exciting opportunity for these young people to expand their vocational skill set and gain a qualification towards further study and future employment. Pathfinders has been working with young people and families for 30 years; we are very excited about the potential Tilbuster Station offers to our community and our young people, and the partnership we have formed with MOW.
“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”.