Q Shelter Bulletin
Monday, 30 August 2021
Deirdre Coghlan Bursary 2021
In 2016, one of Q Shelter’s founders and lifelong members, Deirdre Coghlan, passed away. In honour of her memory, Q Shelter established a bursary to help those in the housing and homelessness sector access professional development they might otherwise miss out on.
Each year Q Shelter provides up to $5,000 in bursary payments to applicants. Usually, this amount has been split amongst several applications. Q Shelter has distributed $20,000 in bursary payments since 2017. Applications for the 2021 Deirdre Coghlan Bursary are now open! 
Deirdre firmly believed that housing was a human right and was passionate about helping those in the sector gain skills in:
→ Community development
→ Grassroots and lived experience engagement
→ Advocacy
→ Challenging structural and systemic issues
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Can I apply?
If you or your organisation are a Q Shelter member and you need special funding to grow your skills in one of these areas, then you are eligible to apply for the 2021 Deirdre Coghlan Bursary. Applications close 1 October 2021.
The winners of the 2021 bursary will announced at Q Shelter’s Annual General Meeting.
Not a member? Consider joining us as we work towards a shared vision: seeing every Queenslander with a home.
We have membership options for individuals and organisations. Learn more.
Last year, recipients were given Indigenous message sticks hand-painted by local artist Jo Kirk to commemorate their achievement. Recipients included:
  • Lesley Leece, on behalf of 3rd Space volunteers, who used their bursary payment for mental health first-aid training
  • Lynette Piotrkowski of Jacaranda Housing, who will attend CPA training
  • Poppy Annear of Whitsunday Counselling & Support, who will attend an early intervention training program for parents and children
"Our volunteers were able to complete mental health first aid training—which is so very useful. Thank you for the financial support to do so."
Lesley Leece, 3rd Space, 2020 recipient
"I was able to attend the 2019 National Housing Conference. Working for a small NFP organisation, this would not have otherwise been possible. The experience was invaluable."
Allan Mitchell, BABI Youth and Family Service, 2018 recipient
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In this Q Shelter Learning Exchange we will hear from Michael Fotheringham (Executive Director, AHURI), Adrian Pisarski (Executive Officer, National Shelter) and Kate Colvin (Manager of Policy and Communications, Council to Homeless Persons) as they analyse this report and consider its implications for Australia and Queensland. 
The Learning Exchange is a monthly touchpoint for anyone interested in the solutions to housing need and homelessness.
Tuesday 7 September, 4-5pm, online. Register here.
Creating collaborative solutions: community housing providers and older women forum
Older women—those aged 55 and over— are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. This trend is likely to continue with the ongoing shortage of affordable housing, the ageing population and the significant gap in wealth accumulation between men and women across their lifetimes.

This event is an opportunity for community housing providers and older women in South East Queensland to come together on shared housing solutions, understand each other’s needs, and work together in the context of growth plans and projects. 

Date: Friday 10th September 2021
Location: Royal on the Park, 152 Alice Street Brisbane
Times: 12:00pm Lunch followed by 1:00pm - 4:30pm consultation session
Cost: Free. Learn more or register here.
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