Broadening Horizons

2017 Program Begins

We are excited to again be taking young women from the Mt Druitt area on the world famous Overland Track in Tasmania.

The purpose of the Broadening Horizons program in 2017 is to afford valuable opportunities for transformative experiences to young women living in Bidwill and the Mt Druitt area.

The program puts together a group of local young women and a couple of mentors who will develop supportive relationships over the course of a year. Through sharing stories over bushwalks, campfires and meals, the mentors and the young women will all learn more about each other, themselves and life. The young women will be exposed to a diverse range of life choices, experiences and opportunities that will open their eyes to the many possibilities that they can pursue in their lives ‑ including opportunities that they may not have been aware of or had considered previously.

The group will continue to catch up monthly after their completion of the Overland Track in December 2017. Through this regular contact, mentors will be able to continue to encourage and support the young women along their journey into adulthood.

If you would like to Donate to Broadening Horizons 2017 please click here.

Training Begins

We have now completed three of our training walks in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Our first walk was the National Pass at Wentworth Falls. Many people say it is one of the best walking trails in Australia and it’s easy to see why as we stand at the railing of Wentworth Falls Lookout. Before us to the south lies a vast green landscape studded with cliffs, creeks and distant mountains – almost one million acres of wilderness make up the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

It was not an easy walk, but it was stunning and a lot of fun.


We are currently fundraising for the Broadening Horizons project!

Please check out our Everday Hero page to participate:

https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/broadeninghorizons


Broadening Horizons Purpose.

The purpose of the Broadening Horizons program in 2016 is to afford valuable opportunities for transformative experiences to young women living in Bidwill who may not otherwise have access to them. The program puts together a group of local young women and a couple of great mentors who will develop supportive relationships over the course of a year. Through sharing stories over bushwalks, campfires and filming, mentors and the young women will all learn more about each other, themselves and life. The young women will be exposed to a diverse range of life choices, experiences and opportunities that will open their eyes to the many possibilities that they can pursue in their lives, including opportunities that they may not have been aware of or had considered previously. The group will continue to catch up monthly after their completion of the Overland Track in December. Through this regular contact, mentors will be able to continue to encourage and support the young women along their journey into adulthood.


History of the Broadening Horizons project.

Broadening Horizons is a program that BU began in 2012 with leadership from Josh Bleyerveen, the then Youth and Children’s Pastor at BU. The program consisted of regular day trips for young men from Bidwill in order to expose them to parts of life, society and culture that they may not have experienced or had access to in Bidwill. These trips included visits to museums, art galleries and new housing developments, to name a few. In 2013, the program culminated in a trip to Tasmania for four teenage boys who completed the famous Overland Track together with mentor, Josh Bleyerveen. This trip was led by Rev Mel Macarthur, a highly experienced hiker and advocate for environmental awareness. Also on the trek was 16 year old film maker, Josh Wyatt, who filmed the experiences of the participants and later put together a feature film, Beyond Bidwill about the trek that was screened in Bidwill as part of the local Sydney Festival event, ‘FUNPARK’ in 2014.

The film, Beyond Bidwill, continues to be screened in Uniting Church congregations around NSW and further afield as a way of raising awareness of the work that BU does in the very disadvantaged suburb of Bidwill.

In 2016, local young film maker, Daisy Montalvo participated in the program and filmed the experiences of the four young women completing the Overland Track. The amazing film that she made was launched here in July 2017.