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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

16 May 2018

Statement from Pathfinder’s CEO

Listen CEO of Pathfinders, Alan Brennan, said a recent fire at a Pathfinder’s property, which resulted in extensive damage, was being investigated by the NSW Police and the NSW Fire and Rescue.   Six people, including four young people, were in the house at the time of the fire.   “The safety and welfare of... View Article

16 Mar 2018

Inverell Service’s Critical Concerns About Homelessness Rise in Australia

Listen More than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness across Australia in 2016, an increase of about 14% from 2011. According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), released on Wednesday, for every 10,000 Australians, 50 have no permanent home. In addition, the jump in homelessness in New South Wales was larger than... View Article

15 Mar 2018

Critical Concerns About Homelessness Rise in Australia

Listen More than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness across Australia in 2016, an increase of about 14% from 2011. According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), released on Wednesday, for every 10,000 Australians, 50 have no permanent home. In addition, the jump in homelessness in New South Wales was larger than... View Article

06 Mar 2018

National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program – ABC Interview

Listen Joe Craigie, Pathfinders’ Senior Manager of Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement, spoke with ABC New England North West about the organisation’s efforts to revive, refund and eventually expand the Pathfinders’ National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program. Listen below to hear the full interview:   For more information on the NABC program visit our website http://www.pathfinders.ngo/projects/aboriginal-birth-certificate-project/ or to... View Article

28 Feb 2018

Pathfinders Budgeting Workshop Helps Locals Manage Personal Finances

Listen Whether you’re paying for groceries, earning an income or filing your taxes, handling and managing money is an essential aspect of day to day life. However, spending, saving and organising funds isn’t an easy feat. For eight Inverell residents, sorting out finances will be easier now that they’ve successfully completed the Pathfinders’ Inverell Family... View Article