Dancing against domestic violence
This Valentine’s Day, 14 February, a number of organisations in Brisbane will be taking part in the global One Billion Rising campaign.
The NIA Community Dance Jam will be raising funds for our domestic violence service.
Brisbane lights on orange
… to end violence against women and girls.
Two of Brisbane’s most visible landmarks – the Treasury Casino and the Story Bridge – will be bathed in bright orange light over the next week as 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence draws to a close.
Let’s turn Boundary Street BRIGHT ORANGE!
… and show our commitment to ending violence against women and girls.
Micah Projects’ Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) is calling on the West End local community to wear something orange, and decorate their workplaces and shopfronts with orange livery, as part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
16 Days of Activism is a UN-led, international campaign that runs from 25 November (White Ribbon Day in Australia) until 10 December (World Human Rights Day).
Local housing initiative hits the home stretch
Two and a half years ago, the 500 Lives 500 Homes collective set itself the ambitious target of assisting five hundred individuals and families to successfully make the transition fom homelessness to secure, permanent housing.
The good news is that we are well on track to achieve that target, with more than 250 individuals and families now successfully housed at the half-way mark.
Brisbane and Regional QLD Domestic Violence Services
We acknowledge and thank our local media for the great work they are doing in promoting Domestic Violence Services in Queensland. Please be aware that the regional service in Brisbane is Brisbane Domestic Violence Service and we respectfully seek support in promoting our service.
Queensland remembers abuse and neglect of the past
During Child Protection Week a number of events are being held across Queensland to commemorate Remembrance Day, which is held each year to acknowledge the courage of adults who, as children, were in the care of the church or state in out-of-home care.
Working together to end homelessness
Next week, the 500 Lives 500 Homes Campaign will be celebrating a successful first year at a breakfast for the CEOs of partner agencies involved in the campaign. The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Ms Leeanne Enoch, will also be attending.
Remembering the victims of family and domestic violence
At least six Australian women are killed by their intimate partner every month.
As part of Domestic and Family Violence Month, a special candle-lighting ceremony will be held tomorrow night.
$17M boost for domestic and family violence support
Families affected by domestic and family violence in eight locations across Queensland will soon have greater access to support with increased funding for new services.
Homelessness bodies welcome extension of NPAH funding
Brisbane based community organisation Micah Projects has welcomed the announcement of a two-year extension in funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah Projects, said “It is a relief to know that we will not have to cease services to very vulnerable people in Brisbane, and that we can continue to build the partnerships that have been so successful in ensuring that people living on the streets can access housing and services in a more timely model.”
West End committed to Closing the Gap
A coalition of local community agencies, committed to closing the gap in Indigenous life expectancy, reducing homelessness and imprisonment rates, improving health outcomes and reducing the number of Indigenous children going into care, is gathering to express their commitment on Close the Gap day next Thursday, 19th March, in West End.
Micah Projects welcomes report on Domestic Violence
Micah Projects welcomes the release of the Special Taskforce report on Domestic and Family Violence, Not Now, Not Ever, and looks forward to the report providing guidance for the way forward.
Let’s not forget the homeless
"The reality is that many individuals and families can slide into homelessness with one major hit to their income, whether this be losing their jobs or a change to their government income. A strong state needs to consider not only the economic pillars, but the social infrastructure pillar as well."
Milestone for Brisbane home for good – 500 Lives 500 Homes
83 individuals and 36 families, including 75 children – a total of 119 households - have now been successfully housed, due to the efforts of the 500 Lives 500 Homes local partners as part of the State Government’s home for good campaign, which is well in advance of the eight-month target.
Fifth Anniversary National Apology
This week sees the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Australian Government’s formal apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, delivered at a special remembrance event in Parliament House, Canberra on Monday 16 November, 2009.
32 individuals and 17 families successfully housed since March!
As Australia prepares to celebrate Homeless Person’s Week, a number of local agencies are collectively getting results in ending homelessness as a direct result of the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign, which began in March.
500 Lives 500 Homes is the local effort of Home for Good initiative by the Queensland Government, which continues to work towards housing 500 households over the next three years.
Street To Home Nurses lead the way in Healthcare Cost Savings
$6.45 - $6.90 million in savings to Public Health costs achieved by Street to Home service.
By proactively addressing the housing and health needs of Brisbane’s homeless people, Homeless to Home Healthcare After Hours Service - a collaborative effort by a number of local agencies - has saved the Queensland Public Health System somewhere between $6.45 and $6.90 million, according to an economic evaluation report to be launched in Brisbane this Friday.
500 Lives 500 Homes results announced
The combined efforts of community volunteers and workers from sixty different agencies working in the area of homelessness will be presented this Friday when the preliminary results of the 500 Lives 500 Homes Registry Fortnight are presented.
Relief at funding extension for homelessness
Karyn Walsh, coordinator of Brisbane's Micah Projects, has welcomed the Commonwealth Government's re-commitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Housing (NPAH) for another twelve months.
“We are relieved that the uncertainty is over,” said Ms Walsh, “despite funding once again only being extended for one more year.”