The Navigate Initiative

PW 43 percent Statistic3Most released prisoners underestimate how difficult the transition from prison to the community will be. They are not prepared for paying bills, for relationships or employment and this sees many of them turn back to old habits to cope. We believe this is why so many re-offend and return to prison.

In addition to our existing services, we are working on a fresh new innovation, the Navigate Initiative. In partnership with the Department of Corrections (DOC) and in collaboration with other community organisations, Pathway is seeking to develop a pre-release preparation unit inside Christchurch Men’s Prison which will intensively prepare prisoners for release back into the community.

We will do this through working with community organisations and individuals to provide the men in the unit with living skills, employment preparation, literacy and numeracy, relationship restoration and personal development.

Our post-sentence Reintegration Program has helped reduce destructive cycles in released prisoners, we know we could be even more effective if we started working with prisoners during their sentence.

We now have the opportunity to do that.

The Navigate Initiative will allow us to operate independently (in adherence to DOC rules) and apply our reintegration strategy, which has already proven successful at reducing recidivism.

We need your help to reach this target.

How can you help?

There are two important ways that you can support the Navigate Initiative. One is by volunteering your time through our Community Skills Bank the other is by investing financially.

We need people to share their skills with men living inside the Navigate Initiative unit. From the practical and mechanical to the musical and academic, your skills can help prepare people for life outside the wire. Click here to find out more.

We are seeking investments from businesses, organisations, churches and individuals to help us, help others. Purchasing supporter shares** in the Navigate Initiative will see you be a part of reducing crime and helping our community.

What are the details?

The annual projected cost of the initiative is $330,000.

We are asking members of the community to invest in “supporter shares**”. Supporter shares are sold in multiples of $1,000 with a five year commitment. Purchasing one share involves donating $1,000 per year for five years, at a total cost of $5,000.

Why invest in the Navigate Initiative?

  • Join a ground-breaking project that will produce huge benefits for our community - when people leaving prison succeed it is good for everyone.

  • Own your own part of measurable social change through improvements in post release outcomes and a reduction in re-offending. Supporter shareholders will receive regular updates about how their investment is making a difference and an independent research company will be commissioned to report annually on the project outcomes.

  • Pathway’s business arm Alloyfold has already invested the first $50,000 per year by committing to buying 50 shares - we believe in this project!


We believe that people can make positive change in their lives when given the tools to do so.

Contact Carey Ewing to register your interest in this exciting new project:

• Email:

• Phone: (03) 982 4853


*Than had been expected by the Department of Corrections at time of release. Download the full report at
**Supporter shares are a donation and will not result in a financial return or legal ownership of a property or service. Supporter shares are not tradeable or sellable.