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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

24 Jul 2017

Pathfinders’ Community Filled Weekend in Armidale

Listen Community involvement and support along with interagency collaboration is an important part of the Pathfinders culture. We enjoy all opportunities to get to know and work alongside our partners! It was a very busy weekend for Pathfinders with our not-for-profit being represented at two local community events. Friday night saw us up against some... View Article

17 Jul 2017

Armidale Regional Business Awards 2017 Finalists

Listen Pathfinders has been named a Finalist in the Armidale Regional Business Awards 2017. This year, the Awards attracted around 80 top-notch entries showcasing the great amount of local businesses who are investing a lot of energy and insight into the strategies that are achieving their business success. Proudly, Pathfinders is one of these businesses.... View Article

10 Jul 2017

NAIDOC Week Celebrations – Port Macquarie

Listen From inland to the coast, wherever you looked you would’ve found our program staff and kids celebrating NAIDOC Week. On July 6th, our Family Referral Service Mid North Coast team celebrated NAIDOC Week at the Port Macquarie Family Fun Day, featuring dancing, music, language circles and more. Our FRS MNC team attended with badges,... View Article

10 Jul 2017

NAIDOC Week Celebrations – Tamworth and Qurinidi

Listen NAIDOC Week might’ve passed this year, but many of our programs, staff and kids are still reminiscing on how great it was to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements throughout the region. Our Family Referral Service (FRS) team in Tamworth also attended the Family Fun Day on Friday at Bicentennial... View Article

07 Jul 2017

NAIDOC Week Celebrations – Tamworth

Listen Our Ability Links Linker, Bec Browning, attended the NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day and Awards in Tamworth on July 7 at Bicentennial Park. Ability Links had a tent set up at the event and participated in the march and day’s festivities. Bec said it was the biggest march she’d ever seen, and took... View Article