The New Directions program is for young people who have participated in an Operation Flinders exercise. Every team will have the opportunity to engage in a follow up activity within 3 months of returning from an exercise to ensure that the growth made on exercise, transfers to everyday life when returning home.
Operation Flinders can provide a range of individual and group follow up to young people who have attended our program. Please click below to view our brochure of the services we can provide:
A New Directions Manager will organise the group follow up day and certificate ceremony in conjunction with the school or agency that the young person has walked with.
The follow up is an integral part of the program. Getting the whole team together for an activity, provides not only an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the trip and celebrate what has been achieved, but also aids in consolidating the positive changes made both personally, and as a team while on exercise and upon return.
Team work, confidence building, reflection, prosocial learning and skill development underpin all follow up activities, such as rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling, ice skating and hiking. During the reunions, there is an opportunity to revisit the goals set on the last day. We can also work on new goals, using the SMART framework to assist young people in their future endeavours.
A certificate ceremony and presentation will be held for the team as well. The presentation is a true celebration of the efforts the young people have gone through to be able to finish the exercise as a team.
The certificate every person gets awarded does not just symbolise the completion of the tough mental and physical challenge of hiking 100km with a heavy pack in the Flinders Ranges, but is also worth 20 stage 1 SACE credits. This enables the young person to add this to their curriculum as additional points to assist in passing school.
During the follow up phase, a New Direction Manager can assist with individual follow up in regards to mental health care for those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management issues etc. Please contact Operation Flinders and referral for psychological treatment and other support options can be arranged.
Past participants are welcome to contact Operation Flinders Foundation for support and information about activities and services available in their local area to help them make, or maintain, positive changes after returning from our program. Leif Christensen, our New Directions Manager, can help with:
Alternatively, <click here> to visit the links to youth & help services and access information about some of the youth focused services available in South Australia or view the brochure about individual and group follow up Operation Flinders can provide.
We encourage participants or parents/caregivers to make contact with the Foundation on (08) 8245 2603 (office and diverts to mobile) with any questions or ideas on activities and services that can be accessed through Operation Flinders.
If you would like to submit a testimonial about positive directions that participants have taken after an Operation Flinders experience we welcome all contributions, and will post them on our website with permission. These can be emailed or posted to our office Attention: New Directions.
To view current testimonials please click here.
Peer Group Mentors
Peer Group Mentors
The New Directions program offers future leadership opportunities through our Peer Group Mentor (PGM) program. This is a program for past participants who have been recommended by their Team Leader at the completion of their Exercise.
Peer Group Mentors (PGM's) are graduates of the Operation Flinders program. They are the bright light on top of a hill shining as beacons of possibility, personal growth, and hope. They have been identified as ready for another personal challenge, who is a real team player, and is inspired to make a difference to others. These are young people who have responded to the team ethos of the Operation Flinders experience, and who have learned the thrill and satisfaction of physical adventure and have found the courage and mental toughness within, to relish the challenges.
Furthermore, following further training provided by Operation Flinders, they then return to our wilderness program to help other 'first-timers' who are going through what they once did. These are young people who have been willing to reach down and lift up others to help them achieve their goals.
The PGM is to act as a communication conduit between the team members and the Team Leader. They monitor team morale and individual performance potential, providing encouragement and support. The PGM participates in all team activities during the exercise.
Exercise participants are offered places in the PGM Development Program on the basis of the recommendation of their Team Leader at the completion of the Exercise. Potential candidates are required to undertake a minimum of two training weekends which further consolidate skills learnt, before returning to the Flinders in the role of PGM.
There have been instances where those not nominated by their Team Leaders directly after exercise, have subsequently contacted the Foundation and requested to be included on the program, or have had teachers, case workers or others contact on their behalf and request that they be included. The latter recognises that past participants after further maturation may develop post-Exercise and therefore requests are always considered.
During the training program (on weekends and during school holidays), a PGM will learn about leadership and being a role model through being assigned tasks, and in the process make new friends with pro-social young people, get up-skilled in bushcraft, learn about navigation, improve on communication skills, how to support other young people as a mentor, learn about team work and facilitating games, receive accredited first aid training, and have an option to acquire child safe environments training, if over 18.
Training also includes activities such as mountain biking, parkour, hiking, surfing, abseiling, sailing and kayaking. Our fantastic adult leadership team consists of passionate people from a wide range of backgrounds bringing different skills sets to the table, suiting the group’s wide range of training activities engaged in. All leaders have previous experience as team leaders in our program.
For more information about the New Directions Program or the PGM program and how you can get involved, contact the New Direction Manager.
New Directions Manager
T: 08 8245 2603 F: 08 8245 2603
Operation Flinders can provide individual and group follow up to young people who have attended our program, Please clink on this link to view our brochure of the services we can provide.
If you would like to discuss any of these programs further, or you would like to submit a recommendation please contact New Directions.
Leif Christensen - New Directions Manager
New Directions Program
OPERATION FLINDERS FOUNDATION
PO Box 3396 Port Adelaide, SA 5016
T: 08 8245 2603
F: 08 8447 3445