The Pathways Foundation is committed to COVID-19 safety
2020 has been a very challenging time for communities across Australia, in particular the east coast with devastating fires, floods followed by the COVID-19 pandemic that affects everyone and the impact felt varies as we all manage these uncharted waters.
Our heartfelt condolences empathy to every family who has had to say goodbye to loved ones or caring for loved ones who are sick, isolated, lost work, managing businesses and supporting workers, working on the front line in health, education, community services and government on all levels in uncertain times. Some Charities and NFP organisations providing programs and community services needing to swiftly move online where possible to engage with families and communities to continue offering services
Pathways Foundation has been supporting children, young people and their families for nearly twenty years as a Harm Prevention Charity. COVID-19 has prevented all our Camps to be run in 2020 and this has meant young people and their families who were preparing to attend could not.
The increase in mental health and well-being is well documented and the toll it is having on young people. Pathways, supported by a dedicated board, leaders and volunteers have remained engaged with the families and will maintain engagement with past participant families with online options supporting our community in uncertain times.
Pathways will continually look for ways for all of us to navigate this situation with Respect, Responsibility and Awareness as we closely monitor the evolving circumstances and will be diligent about communicating on important issues. We will continue to work with the disruptions caused by COVID-19, while at the same time acting responsibly to do what we can to prevent further spread of the virus.
The Pathways Foundation is a charity that relies on the generous donations from the public and the generosity of the business community. Help us help young people by donating. All donations are tax deductable.
Wishing you and your families good health and safe passage as we look to the future with hope, renewed strength, and clarity. We look forward to sharing the journey.
Chair Pathways Foundation
Camp Update for 2020 and 2021
As a result of the recent new requirements for COVID-19 the Pathways Foundation Board has had to make the difficult decision to cancel all the upcoming Programs for 2020. All the participant families, staff and volunteers were looking forward to these Programs running so we share your disappointment, but the safety and well-being of our participants is most important.
We are committed to the 2021 Camp dates, providing the circumstance are favourable at the time. We appreciate Pathways supporters, our attending families for the time and commitment required to attend Programs in 2020 and what it takes to reschedule to 2021 with their son’s and daughter’s. The benefits of this shared experience is so important that a delay is a necessary step in the bigger picture of our children’s journey towards adult.
2021 Program dates are now released on our website so please check them out.
In the meantime, we are working hard to keep our young people, families and staff connected with online options ensuring our experience and knowledge as an organisation can support in any way we can.
Parents have been understanding, supportive and still filled with enthusiasm to attend and their continued commitment matches ours, we are indeed all in this together.
For 30 years it has been the mission of the Pathways Foundation to embrace change and this process we are all going through will transform us and life as we know it, this is the beginning of a new journey that will lead us to discover more about who we are, how we deal with it by seeking support and reaching out. If we look for opportunities to do it well it has the potential to strengthen relationships and build communities for the future and a true vision for ourselves.
Pathways will continue to stay in touch with all participant families and encourage any parents who are considering supporting their children to get in touch and learn more about life changing Programs.
When we least expect it,
life sets us a challenge to test our courage
and willingness to change
What have we been up to?
We have a saying on Camp “find the opportunities in every problem” and the COVID-19 experience is no different, although like most charities we have needed to consolidate and be flexible so we have taken this opportunity to update our branding and messaging, implement a range of online options and move some administration systems to the Cloud. We would like to give a big shout out to Roger at The Natural Chemist who provide IT support to Pathways, great job guys! We have also maintained connections with our alumni families each month and developed online training for our Leaders and Volunteers around the country. We see this pandemic as another “rites of passage”, change is the only thing we can be certain of so let’s prepare to embrace whatever that may be!
We also upgraded a few back-end systems to be Cloud based, long overdue we know and we are very happy with the results. It has enable our team to work remotely as necessary during this time. The Pathways team managed to achieve these changes in a cost neutral way for the first year, with real cost savings to be realised in years 2 and 3. On our radar is a new customer focused CRM system to replace our green screens and 15 year old CRM system. We are very much looking forward to working on this over the next six months or so, in between Camps and hope to have all in place for 2020. More info click here.
- Parenting tips in this time of lock down how do we all mange? Think we can find some info for this? There are some that Paul posted on Facebook.
- Sent out reading materials to prepare our participants for the Programs, sending out of Don’s eBook on Raising Teenagers to all Camp participants in 2020.
- Maintained online discussion groups for our alumni families with Virtual Circles via Zoom each week to connect and continue to support those families who have already attended
- Developed online training Programs for our Leaders and Volunteers to prepare them for upcoming Programs in 2020 and 2021 with a COVID-19 awareness module.
- Conducted Peer mentoring Programs for Staff and volunteers to support them during these unprecedented times and ensure the well-being of our extended teams
- Released Podcasts on the essential ingredients of the Pathways Programs and Rites of Passage fundamentals – these will be available as a series on our new website
Pathways Foundation Board is delighted to introduce two new members
Chris Roe – joined our board in April
Chris Roe is a multidisciplinary Creative Director who successfully founded his own design and marketing agency 20 years ago. The agency, Fuel Sydney, has formed long lasting and meaningful relationships with its high-profile clients which is testament to Chris’ authentic and humble approach to deliver results-oriented campaigns. Chris unequivocally believes that creating a positive culture in the work environment is without exception, the most important asset to any business, and therefore has vast experience in nurturing relationships to help individuals realise their full potential.
In 2014 Chris, together with his wife started the NSW division of Bikes 4 Life, a not for profit organisation that alleviates poverty and social injustice by recycling and restoring discarded bikes. The idea of how the simple gift of a bicycle can not only bring joy to families but dramatically enhance their standard of living, resonated with Chris so he became avidly involved. Chris has passionately mentored many teenagers through their Duke of Edinburgh programs which have been undertaken at Bikes 4 Life monthly community workshops. Chris has also travelled extensively in Cambodia to hold bike maintenance workshops and distribute bikes to the most deserving communities and has seen first hand the positive impact that Bikes 4 Life programs are having.
Chris’ natural empathy and passion to help people combined with a strong business ethic and creative mind, provide a unique set of skills to our Pathways Foundation board.
Simon Barrett – joined our board in July
Simon is a Partner with L.E.K. Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm. He initially studied Science and Melbourne University, before moving to the UK to undertake a PhD at Cambridge (organic chemistry). He joined L.EK. Consulting in London, and subsequently moved back to Australia in 1993 becoming a partner in 1998.
Over the last 30 years he has advised companies, governments, investors and not for profits on a wide range of strategic, commercial and organisational issues. While his main focus is in the transport sector (rail, bus, ferry, roads, freight, ports, aviation, airports) he has worked across almost every sector of the economy at some point. He leads the firm’s transport and travel practice in the region, and previously held a number of other leadership roles including Managing Partner for Australia (2005-12) and Asia Regional head (2012-15).
When not focused on family or work, he enjoys a game of tennis, bushwalking, sailing and travel.
The Pathways Foundation acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect their deep spiritual connection they have to Country.