Pathfinders at work, advocating and supporting disadvantaged communities

At any given moment of any day, a Pathfinders staff member is at work, providing emergency accommodation, helping women and children escaping from domestic violence, or supporting a young person struggling with their mental wellbeing.

Pathfinders expand their reach to the Mid North Coast

Thousands of people in New South Wales who are living with disadvantage, or who are at risk, rely, trust and depend on the Pathfinders team to deliver a high level of services to improve their circumstances.

Pathfinders is an organisation at the forefront of providing advocacy, support and services for disadvantaged communities. They have operated in the North-West and Northern Tablelands regions of NSW for over 30 years and have recently expanded their reach to the Mid North Coast.

Pathfinders' mission is to empower people to live with hope and equal opportunity to reach their potential by providing hope through purpose and passion; generously sharing their expertise, knowledge and resources to make a transformative difference.

Pathfinders leave no one behind

Pathfinders understood that communities' needs have changed over the years, so in 2020, a strategic plan was mapped out to focus on:

  • A deeper commitment to grow and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culture Diverse staff and community by introducing programs like Pathfinders National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Birth Certificate; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment.

  • Homelessness for individuals and families seeking alternative accommodation for a host of reasons including family violence, financial insecurity and shortages of affordable housing. Keep Them Safe action plan improves the safety and well-being of children in NSW.

  • Mental and physical health with circumstances impacting communities economically and socially.

Pathfinders and UNICEF Australia partnership is paving the way towards universal birth certificates
Pathfinders and UNICEF Australia partnership is paving the way towards universal birth certificates

Pathfinders have facilitated foster care, out-of-home care, homelessness services, family referral services and support independent living for young people.

Ultimately, Pathfinders hope to develop thriving communities in which all people can fully participate and develop freely through mutual trust and acceptance. This is being achieved through collaborative strategies and best practices, a strong and respectful workforce, and advancing bold and progressive ideas and policies.

In doing so, equal opportunity is created by facilitating access to education, employment and safe housing; breaking down barriers that are obstacles to growth and independence.

A deserving award

Pathfinders is fortunate to have a robust frontline staff network, backed by an experienced board and strong leadership team. Together, they have an unwavering commitment to being the agents of change and improving the lives of people they work with.

This success has been recognised on many levels and has resulted in numerous awards for excellence, including the Mid North Coast Business Award, Outstanding Community Organisation.