The Fireside

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    The last word on solving homelessness

    - by 3rd Space

    A few weeks ago, I accepted a position as the CEO of Foodbank Queensland and ever since, I have been thinking about what I could write in this final edition.

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    Do we want another bandaid or actually act to fix homelessness?

    - by 3rd Space

    I have had a bad case of writer’s block. It has been inevitable while I take a step back to gather my thoughts about what I see going on around me. There is part of me that doesn’t want to share what I think and part of me that feels like I have a responsibility to say it how I see it.

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    No walk in the park

    - by 3rd Space

    Last weekend, I took my son to New Farm Park to visit the playground. If you haven’t been there, picture a massive expanse of playground equipment carefully blended into a labyrinth of trees. It’s a child’s paradise. My partner and son wandered off to play a round of hide and seek in the tree trunks, leaving me to sit and watch the playground in action.

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    Breaking patterns with kindness

    - by 3rd Space

    When I started working at 3rd Space, it soon became evident that self-care would be an important component of managing the demands of my job. Some people meditate, others like to play sport or get professional coaching/debriefing but my type of relaxation is Thai foot massages.

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    It’s simple – we’re all human beings

    - by 3rd Space

    In the wake of the tragic Bourke Street stabbings, a hero emerged. A homeless man who grabbed a shopping trolley and used it to try to deter the assailant, creating space between the offender and the police. He became known as “trolley man.” When I first saw the footage I was not in the least bit surprised that a homeless person put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. Later, when details emerged of his criminal activity, I barely raised an eyebrow.

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    Looking after each other – then and now

    - by 3rd Space

    3rd Space Activities Coordinator (and Westfield Local Hero!) Jules Ramsay reflects on our recent Valley history project in a special edition of The Fireside.

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    Find your starfish

    - by 3rd Space

    In recent weeks I’ve had the opportunity to talk to lots of people and organisations that are interested in homelessness and the work of 3rd Space. Almost universally, people ask me “what is the cure for homelessness?” The first answer to that is pretty simple….housing.

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    Looking at 3rd Space with fresh eyes

    - by 3rd Space

    2017 was a big year for 3rd Space. There was a café opening, a rebrand and we started opening on weekends. Then there was that whole cancer thing and juggling full-time work with solo-parenting three kids and the washing machine of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 2018 has been a year of catching up and rediscovering the things that didn’t catch my eye properly in 2017. There was a point a few weeks ago where it all seemed overwhelming and I started to wonder if perhaps I had become stale.

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    Taking the first step towards happiness

    - by 3rd Space

    It has been three years since I first took the helm as CEO of 3rd Space. I have been reflecting with a sense of sentimentality and wonder at the journey we have taken over that time; and in reflecting, I often come back to the people who visit with us, whom I have come to know well.

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    Watching this space

    - by 3rd Space

    I’m sitting in 3rd Space Café searching for words to describe the weeks since our opening. I can’t be succinct, so I won’t try. It’s been a time of excitement, listening, bedding down, eating, listening, ironing out, talking, learning, listening, serving, talking, writing, listening and eating some more. A lot of listening.