Next committee meeting 20TH NOVEMBER 2017

Investing in Victorian women & children since 1887


OUR HISTORY




FOUNDED IN 1887, WE ARE ONE OF VICTORIA’S OLDEST CHARITIES, RUN BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN. THROUGH EMERGENCY GRANTS UP TO $350, WE ASSIST VICTORIAN WOMEN, AND THEIR CHILDREN, IN DISTRESS OR CRISIS. EMERGENCY RELIEF HELPS IN ONE-OFF SITUATIONS, BUT MAY ALSO ASSIST WOMEN TO DEAL WITH ONGOING FINANCIAL DISADVANTAGE.

In 1998, The Queen's Fund set up the Education Fund to assist children to remain in education and allow women to further their education so they can find long-term employment and become financially secure.

Grants are allocated to women who are referred by community organisations and welfare agencies. 100% of money donated is directed to the women who have been referred to us (an historical bequest covers our overheads).


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The Queen’s Fund was founded in 1887 by Lady Loch, the wife of the Victorian Governor, to commemorate the 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign, and in response to the worst mining disaster Australia had experienced; an explosion at the Bulli coal mine killed 81 miners and injured many more.

Lady Loch was motivated by a series of articles in The Age about the mine disaster.

Our Vision



To financially assist and empower single women and children in Victoria who are in distress, crisis or emergency situations


Our Misson



The Queen’s Fund encourages women to increase their self-worth, skills and knowledge through:

  • Short-term emergency relief to alleviate immediate financial crises with rent, medical and household expenses
  • Educational grants to increase access to educational opportunities
  • Grants which give women a chance to rebuild their lives and nurture their children

NUMBER OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
ASSISTED IN 2016/17


846
1194

$278,431 AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE PROVIDED
BY THE QUEEN’S FUND IN 2016/17

Our Impact



We work with social workers, who are in the best position to determine how to help the woman in need. They continue to support her after our emergency relief has been provided to ensure that she gets her life back on track. Our research shows our grants are a targeted and valuable tool for welfare agencies, particularly because we can react quickly to urgent requests.

Feedback from social workers and our evaluation process tells us our assistance:

  • Prevents homelessness;
  • Assists a woman and her children to escape domestic violence;
  • Assists education and training through the payment of fees, cost of uniforms, camps, educational supplies and computers;
  • Increases a sense of self-worth, skills and knowledge through education and training;
  • Increases access to employment opportunities to enable women to become financially secure;
  • Improves health through the payment of essential medical bills and the purchase of essential medical items;
  • Prevents disconnection of essential utilities;
  • Makes life less trying through the replacement/repair of vital household items;
  • Provides a crucial breathing space so a woman can get her life back on track; and
  • Enables attendance at medical appointments, provides women with the ability to drop their children at childcare or to feel safe and secure or connected to their community by keeping their car on the road.

PRIMARY REASONS
ASSISTANCE REQUIRED

  • 29% housing
  • 21% family violence
  • 7% mental illness
  • 14% family crisis
  • 11% medical
  • 8% disability

42 AVERAGE AGE OF THE WOMEN WE ASSIST

WHO WE ARE

PATRON

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC


TRUSTEES

Jay Bonnington

Gail Owen OAM

Andrew Robson


COMMITTEE

Margaret Allen

Katie Bayley

Sophie Benardeau-Short

Fiona Best

Alexia Boland

Kathryn de Bont

Thelma Castles OAM

Anne-Laure Cavigneaux

Beatrice Collins

Lee Ann Connor

Beenu Fernando

Zara Fox

Andrea King

Judith Lawler

Sally McInnes

Jane McLaughlin

Sally McLean

Erica Moloney

Penny Montgomery

Helen Moylan

Lucy Prentice

Glenys Severin

Frieda Yeo

Lili Zhao


ADVISERS

Heather Gray

Hall and Wilcox

Andrew Lane

Accru Melbourne

Hugo Brettingham-Moore

JB Were

Maree Davidson AM

Davidson Consulting

P Gerard Nash QC

Ms Glenda Morrison


CORPORATE SUPPORTERS

WHO CAN GET HELP?




Women who have no supporting partner, and/or their children, are eligible.


The application must be assessed and referred by social workers or similarly qualified professional staff from appropriately accredited organisations. Residency in Victoria for a period of 12 months or more is required.

$200
PAID FOR A BOND
SO A MOTHER AND HER 2 CHILDREN
COULD SECURE A HOME
How does your money help?

The Queen’s Fund provided funding for additional tutoring for a young person with ADHD and autism which had a direct impact on his education outcomes.

Social worker feedback March 2015
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