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Posted 14-02-2017
Here's to our unsung Heroes and Heroines

Terri Butler MP has congratulated the Southside’s unsung heroes who were honoured last Sunday at a special ceremony. Among the locals honoured with an award were the volunteers at Campbell’s Club, an initiative of Micah Projects.

Many of the volunteers at Campbell’s Club have volunteered there for 10 years. The Club operates on several days every week. Activities are varied, and participants often engage in anything from a simple morning tea, to the “grooming corner” where they can cut, style or colour hair.

The core volunteers of Campbell’s Club recognised for their outstanding work were Mary MacMahon, Joy Reiken, Kate Doolan, Nancye Reid, Kris Bentley, Jenny Dex and Teresa Smyth. 

Posted 20-12-2016
Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Social Work and Nursing

Karyn Walsh was the Guest Speaker at The University of Queensland’s 2016 Conferring of Awards Ceremony.

“I would not be standing here today if it was not for the wonderful opportunities that I have had through the vision 25 years ago and the continuing commitment of the members of St Mary’s faith community who passionately believe in pooling knowledge and resources to ensure that the most vulnerable in the community have access to opportunities, resources and services not from a position of charity but from a position of justice and a belief that all lives have equal value regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, disability, economic status or geographical location.”

Posted 13-12-2016
Domestic violence group allows survivors to inform stakeholders

They have been through unquestionably dark times, but a new group is allowing domestic violence survivors to turn that darkness into light.

Since June, the Resound: Voices of Experience group, whose members have lived through domestic violence, have used their insights to help inform law makers and government.

Posted 01-12-2016
Persuasion, Persistence, Now Time for Punishment: The case of offensive advertising on Wicked Campers (Nov 2016)

Micah Projects submission to the Queensland Governments' Transport Operations (Road Use Management) (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill 2016

The Bill’s objective is to minimise the amount of offensive advertising on Queensland registered vehicles to enforce the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) determinations.

There is a major shift in national and international standards and action aimed at tackling violence against women and girls. The evidence is unequivocal: disrespect and sexual objectification of women and girls is a major contributing factor to the persistent sexual and physical violation of women and girls by men (National Plan, 2010; Queensland Special Task Force on Domestic and Family Violence, 2015).

This is action that Micah Projects wholeheartedly endorses. We commend the Transportation and Utilities Committee for this opportunity to provide feedback on the Bill.

Posted 27-10-2016
Supportive housing is cheaper than chronic homelessness

"It costs the state government more to keep a person chronically homeless than it costs to provide permanent supportive housing to end homelessness, our recent research shows," Cameron Parsell, Research Fellow, homelessness, social welfare, and poverty, The University of Queensland

Over a 12-month period, people who were chronically homeless used state government funded services that cost approximately A$48,217 each. Over another 12-month period in which they were tenants of permanent supportive housing, the same people used state government services that cost approximately A$35,117.

Posted 18-08-2016
Improving access to justice for child sex abuse victims

In addition to removing the legal barrier preventing people who have suffered child sexual abuse from claiming damages in court, the Palaszczuk Government has released an Issues Paper to seek stakeholder and community interest in broader civil litigation reform.

Posted 15-08-2016
They destroyed Denis Ryan's police career. Now they admit he was right all along

"My own circumstances have been distinctly grim since I left the force but as dark as some of those days have been, they have no parallel with those forced to endure the pain and suffering of sexual abuse." Denis Ryan

"What makes it worse and haunts my dreams to this day, is that if we as a police force did what were we were supposed to do, what we were charged to do, what we took an oath to do, so much of that pain and suffering would not exist today." Denis Ryan

Posted 10-08-2016
Brisbane homeless support program launches 'housing first' roadmap

West End-based Micah Projects, with help from US organisation Community Solutions, wants to flip the model by focusing on getting homeless people into housing above all else, instead of treating them for other problems to get "housing ready" while dealing with the added stress of nowhere to live.