Community lunch available in Nundah for homeless

It will soon be easier for people in north Brisbane to find a meal and support thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Dignity First Fund.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said Nundah Community Support Group Inc (NCSGI) had been awarded $72,730 in round 2 of the $2.5 million fund, which was established in 2016 to support projects that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

Ms Linard said Dignity First funding would see NCSGI provide a community lunch program for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness on Brisbane’s north side.

“For the past 25 years, Nundah Community Support Group volunteers have been providing a range of services to people in our community who need support,” Ms Linard said.

“With this funding, NCSGI will provide a community lunch program that will offer food relief, social support and community inclusion – and it’s this social aspect which is so important.”

Ms Linard said the benefit extended beyond the lunch program, as the funding would also enable the organisation to engage a project worker and trainer to engage with the older people, people with mental health issues and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Homelessness can be a very isolating experience, which is why the Dignity First Fund exists. By supporting organisations like NCSGI, Dignity First helps to support people’s dignity and reconnect them to their community.”

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Dignity First Fund was designed to encourage innovative, non-traditional ideas to help people experiencing homelessness through the hard times.

“The Fund has proven how much difference you can make with a good idea, a lot of heart and a little money,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Dignity First Fund has already brought some fantastic ideas to life.

“Young people transitioning out of homelessness are learning how to drive, a mobile barbershop is providing haircuts on the street, and café style dining is serving up food along with employment and training opportunities.

“Whatever situation you’re in, you have the right to live with dignity, and Dignity First projects help deliver that.”

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