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BackTrack – Helping Youth at Risk

Mission:  To help as many young people as possible

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Paws Up

Paws Up has developed into a highly successful dog high jumping team that travels regularly throughout New South Wales and interstate. Through the dogs young people connect with others and build trust, learn self-discipline while [Learn More…]

Ag Lads

AgLads was developed to address our region’s growing trade and agricultural skills shortages. The demand for work ready crews continues to grow as many producers see value in both the productivity and social outcomes [Learn More…]

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Ironman Welder

Iron Man Welders has developed a fully operational welding workshop based at a former Shire Council workshop on Waterfall Way. Participants undertake courses at Cert II level in Metals and Engineering, [Learn More…]

Links 2 Learning

Links to Learning is a mixed gender program supporting young people in grades 6 to 10 with re-engagement with their education, development of resilience and social skills which all leads to an increased sense of [Learn More…]

Our Awards

Our programs and our team members have been recognised for their hard work and effectiveness. See the awards we’ve received…

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BackTrack named State Youth Service of the Year

Armidale’s BackTrack youth organisation was named the Youth Service of the Year at the NSW Youth Work Awards in Sydney last night. Founder Bernie Shakeshaft received the prestigious award from NSW Minister for Disability, Ageing and Multiculturalism John Agaka at a... read more

Tracking Forward

“Tracking Forward” – Dinner and presentation evening held at Armidale City Bowling Club on 25th September ’15 following the 2 months that Bernie Shakeshaft has been examining youth programs and alternative funding models in United States,... read more

Jets visit to Armidale

“When the Newcastle Jets A-League Football  team came to Armidale last month, they organised a special meeting with a local organisation that helps young people The Jets were told about the work of BackTrack by one of their supporters, The Greater Building... read more




Community Mutual Group
Armidale Bowling Club
Armidale Dumaresq Council


The Greater
Department of Education & Communities
NSW Youth Opportunities
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Jobs Australia Enterprises
The Walter & Eliza Hall Trust
Rotary Club of Armidale
University New England
Future2 Foundation
Dept Education & Communities
Dubbo South Rotary Club



Tyron’s Story

By Year 9 Tyron was constantly suspended from school and in trouble with the law. In Year 10, everything turned around with a School Based Traineeship run by BackTrack. Tyron has completed his Cert II in Primary Industries and Metals Engineering and is the first in 3 generations to have a HSC. Tyron now has real employment prospects.

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