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New mural for Logan Foyer

Young people have designed a new mural wall for the Logan Foyer support services. They have shared with us an article written by a young person about their design. An exciting outcome during the initial COVID-19 lockdown. Read more here
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SECTOR/GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Help with NDIS

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and project partners QCOSS and ADA Australia along with the Queensland Government, are helping more eligible Queenslanders with disability join the NDIS and experience the benefits of the scheme through the Targeted Outreach Project.

This project is helping people with disability to understand the supports the NDIS can provide to them and access free and practical individual support to apply for and join the NDIS through regional Assessment and Referral (ART) teams

The project is currently operating in Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton and will be extending into 4 new locations (Rockhampton and west, Toowoomba and west, Bundaberg and Townsville) by the end of August/early September 2020.

To find out more about the Targeted Outreach Project, go to their website here or download the flyer here.

COVID-19 update

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve across the State, we recommend you regularly check the latest Queensland Health restrictions, directives and guidelines via the Queensland Health website

If you become aware of a staff member or client with a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19, please follow Queensland Health advice available at health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) Information on contact tracing is available from the Queensland Health website

Survey

Access to housing without income
This survey emerged from discussions between a range of agencies who are working to understand the scale of the issue with regard to responding to the needs of those without income and housing eligibility due to their residency status.

Your input will provide important data to inform responses.

Survey closes Friday 4 September 2020. Access the survey here.

Have you heard the news from DHPW?

The Department of Housing and Public Works last week announced a number of improvements being made through Partnering for Impact and Partnering for Growth reforms – including improvements to the Homelessness Service Agreements for Specialist Homelessness Services and changes to Community Housing Policy.

For Homelessness Service Agreements, there are changes to reporting requirements, outcome targets, hours of operation, service catchment areas and the number of case studies to be included in quarterly reports.

The immediate improvements will apply to homelessness funding Q1 2020-2021 reporting due in October 2020 and were effective from 1 July 2020. More information will be released by the department soon. Until then, contact your contract officer if you have any questions. You can find the full list of changes here.

Changes to Community Housing Policies include the removal of the time limited nature of transitional housing, more flexibility for the use of surplus program funds, removal of cap on funds that can be used for tenancy support services and incorporation of the requirements of the Human Rights Act 2019.

Community Housing policy changes commence from 11 September 2020. You can find the communique from DHPW here and the Community Housing Policies here

LISTEN UP! Project Workshops 2020 & 2021

WWILD is seeking women who have an intellectual disability for workshops across Queensland. These two day workshops will focus on safety and rights within relationships and organisations, information about violence and skills to access safety. WWILD would like to talk to each participant prior to the workshops for a pre-group interview.

In addition to the workshops this year, WWILD are hoping to meet with participants again next year again (dates to be confirmed). These workshops are not suitable for women currently experiencing domestic violence or in crisis.
For more information, including details of workshops across Queensland, go to the WWILD website here

EMPLOYMENT

BABI - Youth Case Worker

30 hours, 4 days per week, Fixed Term 14 month contract (with a possibility of an extension)

BABI Youth and Family Service has a vacancy for a Youth Case Worker in its Wynnum Office.

Get Set for Work is an intensive employment and training assistance program for young, disengaged Queenslanders aged 15-19 years.

For more information click here

CLA – Senior Case Manager

BEROS, one of the services of Community Living Association is looking for a Senior Case Manager for its new service at Sunshine Coast.

BEROS support young people (12-18 years) in the care of Moreton Region child safety (Brisbane and lower North Coast districts) who are self-placing, sleeping rough and/or couch surfing and accessing BEROS support services.

For more information click here

EVENTS

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Queensland Child Protection Week 2020 officially launches with the Awards Ceremony on 3rd September at Parliament House. This is an opportunity to recognise the many recipients who go above and beyond the call of duty in responding to children and their families in terms of innovation and tenacity. There are 11 Award categories this year. Successful nominees will be named at the ceremony and posted here
Events:
Throughout Child Protection Week in Queensland over one hundred events will be held across our vast State. This year, organisers have been mindful of COVID-19 and planned their events accordingly.
Events in each region are available here

Art Project:
The Art Project for 2020 is the Shine a Light on Children Arts Lantern Project by Hands on Art. Hundreds of children across Queensland have engaged in making lanterns that include their messages of safety. This project featured in the Weekender on Sunday 23rd August
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Remembrance Day 2020:
Please join Forgotten Australians, their family and friends in partnership with the Historical Abuse Network (HAN) Micah Projects and the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee to:-
- Acknowledge the courage of the many people who experienced abuse and neglect in the care of the church and state child protection systems.
- Affirm their determination in breaking the silence.
- Be a voice for continuous reform and justice within child protection policy and practice.

September 9th at Midday via zoom

For more information please contact Lotus Place...
(07) 3347 8500 or [email protected]
Celebration Dinner:
The traditional CPW dinner celebration isn’t going ahead in 2020. Instead all are being asked to catch up with colleagues for morning tea, lunch or after work and send pictures to the Queensland Child Protection Week Facebook page and twitter
[email protected] or twitter @child_week
Please use the hashtags #qldchildprotectionweek and #CatchingUp4QLDKids

CAMPAIGNS

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Homelessness Australia and Council to Homeless Persons (Vic) launched Homelessness week earlier this month, with information and resources to support the Everybody’s Home campaign. There are heat maps that show by state and federal electorate how many people are homeless and how much social housing is needed.

Everybody’s Home has five “asks” of state and federal governments, including the development of a national plan to end homelessness by 2030. You can find out about the campaign and how to take action here.
QYHC logo 2020
Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is a state-wide coalition of organisations and individuals advocating for and with young people who are homeless or at risk and the services that support them.

The vision of the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is: All young people need a safe and secure home to be included in our society and experience holistic wellbeing.

The time of year has come to call for QYHC membership for the 2020-2021 financial year.

You can submit your application here or contact Mel at [email protected] or on 0460 410 612.
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Make Renting Fair in Queensland

QYHC is a proud member of the Make Renting Fair in Queensland Alliance.

Make sure to stay up to date with the campaign on the MRFQ Facebook page here

SIGNIFICANT DATES

Share the dignity
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Share the Dignity Month

Share the dignity is holding their Dignity Drive for the month of August. They collect period products for women who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or just doing it tough. These products are then distributed directly to charities across Australia. Find out how you can help here

Lifeline World Suicide Day

You can make a difference by participating in Lifeline's Out of the Shadows - national suicide prevention online activities held to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.
Find out more information here

womens health
Take a look at the Jean Hailles website to see all the amazing information and events that you can take part in for Womens Health Week here

Stay informed and up to date by visiting the Womens Health Queensland website here

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