Publications

Posted 01-11-2008
Riverside Drive to Home Report

Authors: Helen Wallace, Jon Eastgate, Judith Hunter, 2008

An evaluation of Riverside Drive short term collaborative project between Micah Projects, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government Department of Communities.

This evaluation was undertaken to inform Micah Projects reflections on our work practices with people experiencing homelessness in the context of a hot spot. It is based on interviews with people experiencing homelessness, Micah Projects Street to Home workers and the Mater Community Clinical Nurse based at the Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre. The evaluation was funded by Micah Projects.

The following information outlines what took place between April 2008 and July 2008 in relation to relocating 58 people from Riverside Drive, South Brisbane who were experiencing homelessness.

To summarise, Micah Projects, through its Street to Home service, worked closely with most of these people who were advised that the Queensland Police Service would be exercising 'Move On' powers and the site cleared by Brisbane City Council. 

The Street to Home team engaged intensely at the site and then increasingly with individuals and household groups in a range of locations across Brisbane. Police also had a constant presence at Riverside Drive. The Mater Health Services Community Clinical Nurse worked closely with three individuals who had serious health problems and injuries.

The majority of people at Riverside Drive expressed anger, even rage about the situation. Dealing with this was very challenging for workers, especially the front line Assessment and Referral and Street to Home teams at the Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre.

By the 25 July, after four months of focused effort, homeless people were not living at the Riverside Drive area and of the 58 people Street to Home had worked with:

  • 26 people were in temporary accommodation
  • 15 people were in long term housing
  • 14 people left without requesting or accepting assistance and were not in contact
  • 3 people were still homeless and in regular contact with Street to Home.
Posted 01-07-2008
Journeys through Homelessness – Whose Evidence?

Authors: Carolyn Mason and Walter Robb, 2008

This project reviews the current homelessness service system, particularly in the greater Brisbane region. It uses the evidence base of the practical implementation knowledge of people and their service providers to map the pathways through homelessness or being at risk of homelessness. This knowledge was obtained using a case study approach.

While the project was limited to three case studies, they are representative of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and were from three different service areas of Micah Projects.

The pathway analysis provides specific insights into the homelessness service system from the knowledge generated about how responses are working in practice.

Posted 27-06-2008
Voices from the Margins - Green Paper Submission

A submission to the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

This submission to the Green Paper: Voices from the Margins includes the responses of people who have experienced homelessness. A decision was made to include as much raw data as possible so that a broad range of voices could be heard.

Our hope is that this response, Voices from the Margins, provides a broad range of responses to the Green Paper from people who have directly experienced homelessness, as well as input from practitioners who provide direct support to people.

Posted 01-05-2008
Voices from the Margins – A Snapshot

Author: Dr Annie Holden, 2008

To continuously improve services and understand how we can develop more focused early intervention responses for people experiencing chronic homelessness, a survey was commissioned by Micah Projects to provide data on barriers to housing this group. In all thirty one people were surveyed.

Posted 01-06-2004
The Way Forward: a young women's leadership program

Compiled by Linda Richards, 2004

Project findings from an 18-month project to develop a Young Women’s Leadership (YWL) program incorporating peer leadership training with young women who are parenting in four locations – Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Deception Bay.

The purpose of the project was to implement leadership training, initiate community development projects and networking, and provide mentoring support to the young women who are peer leaders with Young Mothers for Young Women (YMYW).

Posted 01-06-2004
Getting What You Want: A Peer Guide To Parenting

This handbook has been written by young women who are parents and has been designed to be used by young women who are pregnant and/or parenting to gain more information about parenting. Published in 2004.

The Getting What You Want: A Peer Guide To Parenting is made up of a number of topics that best answer questions and address issues that young women have about parenting.

The Handbook can be read and thought about alone or groups of young women may like to use the handbook as a guide for workshops about parenting.

Posted 01-06-2004
Getting What You Want: A Peer Guide To Facilitating Workshops

A guide to facilitating workshops prepared by the young women of Young Mothers for Young Women. It has been designed to assist young women when preparing to run peer workshops. Published in 2004.

Peer education is based on the belief that young women are often more receptive to and influenced by their peers and aims to enhance the information provided. Peer education is not only an approach to education and informing values and beliefs but also encourages skills development such as self-direction, decision making, communication, leadership and teamwork.

Posted 01-06-2004
Getting What You Want: Pathways to Education, Employment and Training - Presenter's Handbook

This handbook is designed for peer educators who will conduct Getting What You Want: Pathways To Employment, Education and Training. It has been designed to be used with the Participant’s Diary and Getting What You Want: A Peer Guide to Facilitating Workshops. Together these resources aim to provide information to young women aged 14 to 25 about how to create their own pathways into employment, education and training. Published in 2004.

This program has been designed by Young Mothers for Young Women, with the aim of creating a training program acknowledging the needs and interests of groups of young pregnant and parenting women. It is therefore designed to be flexible and easy to implement. Getting What You Want: Pathways to Employment, Education and Training is a self-directed program focussing on creating pathways towards returning to either education, employment or training. As a group, participants decide what they want to learn about and how they will learn it.

There are many things in pregnant and parenting young women’s lives that impact on what they do as women and as mothers. This program can help to explore areas of young women’s lives and what they need to be able to do to further education, employment and training opportunities. Getting What You Want: A Peer Guide to Facilitating Workshops should be read before starting any sessions.

Posted 01-06-2004
Getting What You Want: Pathways to Education, Employment and Training - Participant's Diary

This diary is to be used in conjunction with the Getting What You Want: Creating Pathways To Education, Employment and Training program. It has been designed so that young women participating in the program can have a personal written record of what they have learnt and their reflections of each session. Published in 2004.

Getting What You Want: Pathways to Employment, Education and Training is a self-directed program focussing on creating pathways towards returning to either education, employment or training. As a group, participants decide what they want to learn about and how they will learn it. There are many things in pregnant and parenting young women’s lives that impact on what they do as women and as mothers. This program can help to explore areas of young women’s lives and what they need to be able to do to further education, employment and training opportunities.