On Tuesday the 3rd of July, our friend Penny Barringham was struck by a vehicle while out for a walk and crossing an intersection. She sustained significant injuries and has spent the last couple weeks in the intensive care unit at the PA hospital. Penny peacefully passed away on Monday the 16th of July.

Penny was a much loved founding member of the Place to Belong service and network. She was involved in a ‘Place to Belong’ through many roles, as a leader, facilitator, teacher, social worker, and friend – her involvement helped build the foundations of our work. She recently conducted a workshop with all staff and volunteers revisiting the core principles of welcoming, making commitments, sharing knowledge, gathering and challenging in inclusive community development. Penny lived by those principles authentically. We will all miss her dearly.

Penny has gone from among us, and, Penny has left this life.

Like many of you, Penny’s life has touched our lives in deep and meaningful ways. Please feel welcome to connect with us about stories and photographs, celebrating Penny’s life – our email address is

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family has asked that you kindly make a donation to Alternatives to Violence Project Queensland ( This is an organisation (and cause) that was very dear to Penny. Any questions about making a donation can be directed to AVPQ directly at

We celebrated the life of Penny Barringham on Friday 20th July at St Andrew’s Anglican Church. See below for a copy Penny’s Memorial Order of Service.

Penny Memorial Order of Service

Follow the link below to read a piece written by Penny for Women’s Encouragement Day 2018 titled A Blessed Unrest:

Blesses Unrest by Penny Barringham