At Pathfinders, we deliver tailored outdoor and adventure-based programs that promote social inclusion and enable healing for vulnerable young people. Our programs are designed to be accessible and promote pro-social behaviours, internal capacities, and community connections. Depending on the needs of the young person or group, our programs can range from a few hours to a few days in length. We believe that by providing supportive and nurturing environments, we can help young people overcome adversity and build a brighter future.
Our therapeutic adventure programs are open to young people aged 10-17. We conduct both group and individual programs. We have limited spaces available so it’s important to make a referral as soon as possible to secure a spot. These are fee for service programs.
Make a referral through our website www.pathfindersNT.com.au
Alice Springs Youth Accommodation & Support Services (ASYASS)
ASYASS believes that all people have a right to secure, appropriate and affordable housing. Many young people are often disadvantaged in their access to housing through factors such as inexperience, family crisis and breakdown, financial insecurity and community prejudice.
The Youth Housing Program Provides semi-independent accommodation (up to 12 months) to young people 16-21yo. The ASYASS Housing Program currently manages these properties are located across Alice Springs. The housing program offers young people, who are unable to reside with family, through case management the opportunity to re-engage with education, training or to gain employment, as well as to develop and strengthen life skills (including living skills) required to establish themselves independently. Where appropriate ASYASS also supports and encourages involvement with family.
Crisis Youth Refuge
Provides safe supported accommodation for young men and women, 15-17yo, inclusive 24 hrs/7days a week. Accommodation can be provided for one night up to 3 months. During their stay at ASYASS Youth Refuge, young people will also be provided supported though case management (where appropriate).
Young people will also be supported to:
- identify and work towards their goals;
- address their health, education and income needs;
- develop appropriate life skills
- (re)engage with family (where appropriate); and
- access long term accommodation where necessary
The Youth Refuge provides safe supported accommodation for young men and women, 15 – 17 years, inclusive 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Accommodation can be provided for one night or up to 3 months.
Ampe Akweke (pronounced – umba kooka) “Little Babies Place”
Ampe Akweke is a place for single young women / mothers Program 14-23 years of age. Ampe akweke offers both outreach support and residential support, if the single young women / mothers have no where suitable and safe to stay. Young women can stay in the safe house for up to 3 months. Ampe akweke works with the young women to ensure they have theirs, their unborn child or their babies health needs met. Ampe akweke family support workers provide parenting education and support as well as case management to all young women accessing the program.
Emergency Relief Program
ASYASS administers Emergency Relief funds to young people who find themselves needing financial assistance in the form of:
- purchase vouchers of a fixed value (e.g for food, clothes)
- assistance to obtain appropriate forms of identification
- material assistance such as blankets, clothing or school needs
- appropriate referrals to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis
This Program is administered from our office located at 12 Undoolya Road
This program is a hub for information, training, life skills development, advocacy and support. More than just a drop in centre, a calendar of training and activities is provided monthly.
Support workers are available to young people who are not necessarily in our other programs. Outreach and emergency support are provided through this service and they provide linkages to other services.
They can be assisted to do their laundry, have a shower, assisted with food, clothing and medical needs.
Anglicare NT – headspace Katherine (Primary)
headspace Katherine is a free and confidential service that can help young people aged 12 to 25 with their mental health and wellbeing. headspace Darwin provides assistance in four key areas: Mental Health,Physical and Sexual Health,Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Vocational Support. Regular outreach visits occur in specific remote communities within the region. Clinical services are provided by registered allied health practitioners,which include private providers who deliver services under Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS).
Anglicare NT – Intensive Youth Support Service
The Intensive Youth Support Service (IYSS) is for older children / young people aged 10 and 17 years who have come to the attention of Child Protection as at risk of, significant harm. Intensive trauma informed assistance, mentoring and activities are provided to engage, build connections, support school attendance and reduce the risk of further serious physical or emotional harm occurring. IYSS works closely with families to build their capacity to support children through adolescence towards adulthood. *Referrals are through Territory Families, Housing & Communities.
Anglicare NT – Making Education Outcomes Achievable NT (MeNTor)
MeNTor is an evidenced informed educational support service designed to meet the needs of young people living in Out of Home Care. MeNTor helps to close the education achievement gap,create a culture of strong educational belief,strengthen school engagement and enhance the home learning environment.
The Balunu Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation focused on the healing of Indigenous youth and people and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory. In particular, Balunu seeks to instill a cultural identity among Indigenous youth at risk through a culturally appropriate healing program which builds self belief and self esteem whilst assisting Indigenous youth to overcome the wide range of challenges they face as young Indigenous people in today’s society.
Balunu is focused on addressing the social challenges faced by Indigenous people and youth through a healing centred engagement approach. Although the program is Indigenous specific the program has achieved great success with non Indigenous youth who have attended the program.
Through a deliberate and purposeful program Balunu aims to provide hope for Indigenous youth and families by breaking the cycle of disadvantage through good health, education, life skills, opportunity, training, employment and most importantly healing. Identity plays the most crucial factor in strengthening the youth’s sense of self and the healing allows for the individuals to free their pain enough to take advantage of opportunity that exists to move forward in the new world, whilst maintaining a strong connection to culture and identity.
CAAPS Healthy Families Program
CAAPS is a community controlled Aboriginal Corporation that supports people and families through services that reflect our values of caring, openness, respect and empowerment. CAAPS Aboriginal Corporation delivers a range of important community services to people and their families in the Northern Territory.
CAAPS is the largest not-for-profit family-focused residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre in Northern Australia.
Healthy Families Residential Rehabilitation Program
24-Hour residential service.
A twelve-week residential treatment program providing services to primarily Aboriginal people and their families who are suffering the impact of alcohol or other drug use. The Healthy Families program provides individuals and families with a safe and supportive environment to address substance use issues. The program is made up of a range of education sessions and activities that cover substance use, healthy lifestyles, livelihood, cultural sessions, trauma and healing, and family relationships including parenting.
Supported accommodation is provided in Dolly Garinyi Hostel for clients undertaking the treatment program. Families and individuals are offered case management and care planning, counselling, initial health screening, life skills development such as caring for self, cooking and nutrition, budgeting and tenancy support.
The Children’s program supports parenting skills development and school readiness for youngsters up to pre-school age. School age children attend local schools during their stay. The program helps children and young people deal with their feelings about having family members who misuse substances and learn skills to assist in keeping themselves safe, including protective behaviours.
Self referrals are welcome. Non-residential Day programs are also available.
CatholicCare NT – DAISY Program
The DAISY program works with youth and their families to address the impact of alcohol and other drugs in their lives. We help young people to reduce harm related behaviours from alcohol and other drugs misuse.
The program is aimed at young people aged between 12 and 19 years old who use, or are affected by, alcohol and other drugs. We help them change their behaviours and understand the impact that alcohol and other drugs misuse has on their life.
CatholicCare NT – Taking Action to Tackle Suicide
CatholicCare can offer help to anyone who is concerned about, or experiencing suicidal ideation.
In the Tiwi Islands we help build the communitys capacity to support vulnerable members and in Tennant Creek we are able to provide direct assistance to people seeking help.
CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care).
CREATE Connect children and young people to each other, CREATE and their Community to Empower children and young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and skills that enable them to have a voice and be heard to Change the care system, in consultation with children and young people, through advocacy to improve policies, practices and services, and increase community awareness