Pathways to Empowerment New South Wales

The Zahra Foundation provides a ‘Pathways to Empowerment’ program which is a 9-week course (1 day per week) for women or non-binary people who have been affected by domestic and family violence.  The program aims to support participants to rebuild their lives after Domestic and Family Violence and create pathways into education, training and employment. This is achieved by breaking down social isolation, building life skills and confidence and connecting participants to opportunities, information and resources.

The program was selected as a finalist in the Adult Learner Week Industry Awards in 2018 and the Program Manager was selected as a finalist for Mentor/Tutor of the Year

Why do the Pathways to Empowerment program?

Past participants have said that building confidence in a safe learning environment helps to empower themselves to take up study, volunteering or employment options. This in turn increases financial independence and economically empowers participants.

“…..This course has honestly been a game changer for me, the facilitators and other women have made the program a great experience overall. I have learnt a great deal of strategies and coping skills.” – Newcastle participant

When and where are the Pathways to Empowerment programs held?

The Pathways to Empowerment programs are free and are held one day per week over nine weeks, during school hours and terms.

There are two locations participants can choose from, both delivered across the Newcastle and Hunter region.

Newcastle – Jennys Place: 2B/796 Hunter St, Newcastle West NSW 2302

Singleton – Singleton Family Support: Corner Bishopgate &, Market St, Singleton NSW 2330

To express interest, please call

landline: 02 4003 6228

mobile: 0422 233 640

mobile: 0422 233 717

or email

Expressions of interest are being taken now for 2023 school terms. 

  • Term 3 August – September
  • Term 4 October – December

All programs run for 9 weeks, one day per week, between  10.00am – 2.00pm. Free lunch is provided for all participants.

Pathways to Empowerment Newcastle Flyer can be downloaded here.

Pathways to Empowerment Singleton Flyer can be downloaded here.

If you would like to enrol in any of the programs or have any questions: 

Contact the programs team via telephone 02 4003 6228 or email

This training is supported by The Greater Charitable Foundation

“It was such a privilege to be a part of the Pathways to Empowerment program. At the beginning of the program I felt isolated and alone. I also felt that my self esteem and self worth was at its lowest. Since completing the program I have grown in various areas of my life. I have set attainable goals and have real hope for my future. Learning my rights as a women and how to set healthy boundaries has been so rewarding and beneficial to my self growth. I liked learning about the different learning styles and strategies to help with practicing healthy self talk. I am so grateful for this program because it has changed the trajectory of my life. I have plans to enrol in study and have made new strong connections with the other participants. Meeting other like minded women with similar experiences and stories was my favourite part of the program. The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable, supportive and professional. They were able to provide the support and care both individually and as a group. My hope is that the program continues to help many other women because I would have loved to participate in this program years ago because it is so valuable and practical. I hope it becomes a nationwide initiative be all women deserve the opportunity to learn and grow” –  Newcastle participant