Progress is marching on for Pathway’s newest innovation The Navigate Initiative (formerly called “The Community Unit”). The Initiative, which is currently at the proposal and development stage, seeks to partner with Corrections to launch a specialised pre-release preparation unit inside of Christchurch Men’s Prison. Should it go ahead, men who entered The Navigate Initiative would be intensively equipped for life outside through a variety of health, education, life skills, parenting and relationship and restorative justice supports.
Pathway is seeking to fund the Initiative through a social investment model. On that front, there is exciting news, the halfway mark towards securing the funds needed has now been achieved. To break ground, Pathway still needs to sell a further 120 (out of 250) supporter shares* in the Initiative. Supporter shares are sold in $1,000 multiples with a five year commitment (a $5,000 donation over a five year period).
What’s with the new name? Pathway felt that “The Community Unit” didn’t accurately represent the ground-breaking and inspiring nature of the project. The Navigate Initiative was chosen because it represents the journey participants undertake when they begin the programme. “If you are going to be successful on a journey you have to know how to navigate,” says Carey Ewing, Reintegration Manager at Pathway. “That has been known by every culture and people.
Many of these guys have just been letting the current of life take them in whatever direction. We want to enable them to navigate, to take control of the direction of their own lives and be purposeful in achieving that.”
Another important development is the signing on of two new NGOs to offer support services within the unit. The Pro Drive Trust, an NGO that supports people to improve their driving skills, and the The Parenting Place who offer parenting programmes have both agreed to come on board.
To find out more information about this project or how to invest, please contact Carey at email@example.com.