About the Trust
The Lady Bowen Trust was established in November 2006 by the Queensland Government with an initial $3 million funding provided by the former Department of Housing and the Residential Tenancies Authority.
The Trust partners with established charitable organisations to provide targeted and flexible support according to a client’s individual needs as specified in their case management plan.
The Trust was named in memory of Lady Diamantina Roma Bowen and her significant contribution to assist Queenslanders in need. She was famous for her compassion and dignity – inspiring qualities which the Trust embraces.
Lady Bowen Trust Chair of the Board of Advice Darryl Seccombe OAM said the Trust had distributed more than $1.1 million throughout Queensland since it was established in 2006 with support from the Queensland Government.
“Over the past 10 years, the Trust’s contributions have had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of Queenslanders who have been doing it tough,” Mr Seccombe said.
“I’m extremely proud that the flexible support we provide, in partnership with the dedicated charities we work with, is able to help make significant changes in the lives of at-risk Queenslanders, and give them a head start in building a better future.”
With almost 20,000 homeless people in Queensland, Mr Seccombe said ongoing financial support is critical to ensure those in need continue to receive assistance; particularly with tangible, everyday items like clothing, essential household goods, furniture, housing costs and more.
“It’s great to know that because of the perpetual nature of the Trust, ongoing support will be there into the future as we continue to work with our partners to provide individual support for Queenslanders in need,” he said.
The Trust tailors support to help people with complex, individual needs to address issues that contribute to homelessness. These include mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic and family violence and young people who have exited the care system.
The 10th Anniversary of the Trust also coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Mission Australia’s Roma House, which is one of the beneficiaries of the Trust. The independent trustee of the Lady Bowen Trust is the Public Trustee of Queensland who is assisted by a Board of Advice consisting of leaders in the business, community and not-for-profit sectors.