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Common Ground providing Brisbane’s homeless a chance

Posted December 13, 2015 14:52:04

A program has had success helping Brisbane’s homeless re-enter the workforce, sometimes after more than a decade, by giving them a safe place to call home.

Common Ground, which offers supported accommodation in a high-rise apartment at south Brisbane, has seen 56 tenants involved in volunteering and training, with 12 now in paid employment.

The organisation was there for Cameron Doo, who lived on the streets after his diabetes got out of control and he ended up having part of both feet amputated.

“I had a limousine taxi operation business for 23 years and then zilch,” he said.

“For a year I basically went homeless living on the street.”

He finally got the medical help needed and even a job thanks to Common Ground.

“From there it’s been up and up and go,” Mr Doo said.

“With the help of an employment initiative at Common Ground I’m now working in reception at a hotel across the road.

“I love customer service – being on the go – and it’s a way of feeling human and alive again.”

Another success story is Melissa Tidyman, who had been homeless and out of the workforce for 14 years.

“Before I moved into Common Ground I had everything very questionable – me, myself as a person and my lifestyle – but since I did all that rehab stuff and got on the books at the Brisbane Convention Centre things have just been going from good to great,” she said.

Sonya Keep, the CEO of Common Ground Photo: Common Ground chief executive officer Sonya Keep said a secure and safe place to call home was essential. (ABC News: Andree Withey)

Ms Tidyman is working in housekeeping and said she had found real satisfaction in a job well done.

Common Ground chief executive officer Sonya Keep said a secure and safe place to call home was essential.

“That’s what this gives them – they’re able to think about ‘what do I want to do with my life and what are my dreams?'” she said.

Among those is aspiring chef Arne Holst, who is volunteering in a local kitchen.

“I like to be second sous chef in charge,” he said.

“My dream is to work up the Sunshine Coast around Rainbow Beach in one of the five-star hotels.

“I also would like to have my own house one day – that would be a dream, but reality – see what happens – take small steps.”

Topics: work, people, homelessness, charities-and-community-organisations, brisbane-4000

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Melbourne’s homeless share their insights of city as tour guides

Posted December 13, 2015 11:38:54

Pete Burns (right) takes two people on a walking tour of Melbourne's inner east. Photo: Pete Burns (right) requires two men and women on a walking tour of Melbourne’s inner east. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)
Map: Melbourne 3000

A new social enterprise in Melbourne is hoping to give people experiencing homelessness a assisting hand by education them to work as tour guides.

The enterprise is the brain child of Jo Jenkins who has worked in the employment sector for ten years, and got the concept of equivalent projects in London.

Ms Jenkins stated the project, called No Fixed Address, aimed to give tourists and locals a distinctive view of Melbourne.

“We’re delivering high quality walking tours we believe are a tiny bit gritty, a little bit off the beaten track that are meant to be demonstrating what Melbourne is genuinely about,” she said.

“I guess the added value to that is we’re giving disadvantaged individuals employment possibilities.”

The enterprise’s initial tour guide, Pete Burns, has the gift of the gab, but he has had far more rough instances than most.

Pete Burns guiding a walking tour of Melbourne. Photo: Pete Burns guiding a walking tour of Melbourne. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)

Back in 2011 his developing organization went bust.

“I went from quite much possessing what I would think about a pretty good lifestyle to quite significantly living under a bridge,” Mr Burns stated.

He now lives in social housing – but hopes this new job will give him a additional enhance.

“For me to stand here these days I am genuinely excited because I can see it’s benefitting me,” he mentioned.

“I can see so many other individuals who’ll in fact advantage by coming into a plan like this.

“My dream is … my own apartment and that will occur, it’ll happen through obtaining a very good attitude, applying your self.”

The tours at the moment traverse just one particular route, mapped out by Ms Jenkins and Mr Evans, but Ms Jenkins said she hoped to add much more guides and more walks subsequent year.

“It is attempting to function with those folks and receiving them some knowledge getting them self-confidence,” she stated.

“This may well not be operate for them forever but hopefully they will go on to some thing else.”

Nikki Boer, a single of the very first buyers to attempt the tour, suggested it to locals and tourists alike.

“I believe that every person must do it, even if you reside in Melbourne, you know it really is just fantastic to get behind an organisation that is about social inclusion,” she mentioned.

The walking track along the Yarra River in Abbotsford, in Melbourne's inner east. Photo: The walking track along the Yarra River in Abbotsford, in Melbourne’s inner east. (ABC News: Jessica Longbottom)

Topics: travel-and-tourism, life style-and-leisure, community-and-society, homelessness, function, melbourne-3000, abbotsford-3067

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Bollywood’s Salman Khan acquitted for killing homeless man in hit-and-run

Posted December ten, 2015 21:10:48

An Indian court has cleared Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash 13 years ago, acquitting him of all charges right after he appealed his conviction.

The Bombay High Court mentioned a reduced court had erred in obtaining Mr Khan guilty of culpable homicide at the end of his trial in Might, when he was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison.

“The appeal is allowed and the selection of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges,” judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi told the Bombay Higher Court.

Judge Joshi said the prosecution had “failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt” that Mr Khan was driving his SUV and below the influence of alcohol when it rammed into a group of homeless guys in suburban Mumbai in 2002.

Labourer Nurulah Mahbob Sharif was killed and numerous other individuals have been injured when the vehicle ploughed into them at speed as they slept on a street in the suburb of Bandra West.

A sessions court identified Mr Khan guilty of all charges in Could, including driving under the influence and without having a licence.

But judge Joshi, who presided more than the appeal, said the court had erred in accepting the testimony of the prosecution’s essential witness.

He described Mr Khan’s former bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, who had insisted the actor was behind the wheel and speeding, as “not wholly reputable”, citing “a variety of anomalies in his testimony”.

“Unfortunately there are no witnesses to back his version,” the judge stated about Mr Patil, who died from tuberculosis in 2007.

Mr Khan’s trial began in earnest last year after a series of court hearings and lengthy legal hold-ups.

His defence group maintained throughout that the actor’s driver was to blame for the accident.

They claimed Mr Khan had been drinking water and had climbed out of the car by way of the driver’s side right after the accident as the passenger door had been broken.

But the sessions court rejected that defence and located him guilty on Could 6.

Mr Khan immediately appealed and the sentence was suspended two days later, pending the outcome.

The multi-millionaire has been out on bail throughout the trial and appeal, the case seemingly not interfering with his profession as one of the Indian movie industry’s greatest box-workplace draws.

Mr Khan, 49, has starred in far more than one hundred films and tv shows because his very first hit Maine Pyar Kiya (I Fell in Love) in the 1980s.


Topics: arts-and-entertainment, law-crime-and-justice, death, india, asia

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Shelter opens in North Adelaide for homeless veterans

Posted December 02, 2015 07:07:28

A former soldier has turned his efforts from fighting for his nation to helping homeless veterans get their lives back on track.

The Returned Services League (RSL) will nowadays open an emergency shelter in North Adelaide for returned servicemen and girls who are sleeping rough.

It will be based in an accommodation block at the Australian Lutheran College and managed by Ben Challinor, who spent 11 years in the Royal Australian Artillery.

“We’ll identify what sort of support is necessary and get them back on their feet,” he mentioned.

Up to 16 individuals can live in the shelter, where these in want can also get details about job opportunities.

Mr Challinor said whilst it was created to be a quick-term remedy, some clientele could stay there for up to a year.

“The aim is to get them to move on when they’ve accomplished self-sustainability,” he stated.

“The initial step is to cease them sleeping rough or on somebody’s couch, we’ll steer them in what we think is the correct path.”

The program is also aimed at helping former soldiers locate new employment.

RSL chief executive Julia Langrehr said many individuals who have had a military career uncover civilian life challenging.

“It’s not necessarily just for individuals who are already living rough but men and women who may well be couch surfing, may be sleeping in their vehicles, may have taken their tent out bush,” she stated.

Ms Langrehr said a lot of veterans did not have a rental history, which also made for a hard transition.

“When you are in the service you have accommodation offered for you, you never have a rental reference so actually obtaining accommodation can be hard,” she stated.

Subjects: homelessness, neighborhood-and-society, veterans, north-adelaide-5006, adelaide-5000, sa

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Syrian refugee feeds Berlin’s homeless to ‘give something back’

Posted November 26, 2015 20:58:54

Alex Assali, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Germany last year, is now handing out totally free meals to Berlin’s homeless, to “give one thing back to German individuals” for welcoming him and a lot of much more refugees into their country.

Mr Assali was lately photographed at the meal station that he serves up meals from.

His buddy, Tabea Bu, posted the photo on Facebook, where it has been shared by thousands of folks.

Mr Assali told Buzzfeed he had fled Syria in 2007 since his life was in danger and lived in Libya till final September, when he came to Germany.

Ms Bu mentioned Mr Assali nevertheless had small to his name, but wanted to give some thing back to the nation that had taken him in.

“He actually has lost almost everything he had to leave his household back in Syria because folks wanted to kill him,” Ms Bu wrote in the Facebook post, translated from German by The Telegraph.

“Even though he doesn’t have a lot, he goes on the street and distributes food to the homeless.

“I have the feeling like, God bless him as he is a blessing for so numerous more people.”

Mr Assali told Buzzfeed he had been handing out meals to the homeless since August 2015, from a variety of places across Berlin.

A poster attached to the table in the photo reads: “Our target is to give some thing back to the folks who helped us … We want to be a good part in the German community.”

He stated he had so far been unsuccessful in obtaining a job in Berlin, but that he hoped to continue to give back to the neighborhood.

“My dream [is] to have in [the] future a huge property to support [these] men and women and do anything good for them due to the fact many of them need to have a person to guide them to the right way,” he told Buzzfeed.

Ms Bu mentioned she and Mr Assali had been overwhelmed by the messages of assistance.

“We each by no means imagined what this tiny post could do, but we are satisfied that we did bring a small light into the planet,” she wrote on Facebook.

Subjects: refugees, immigration, human-interest, homelessness, social-media, germany, syrian-arab-republic

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