The Vision of The Lady Musgrave Trust is that all women throughout Queensland will be free from homelessness.
We are a Champion for Homeless Women – celebrating and building further upon our 137 years of service.
Our commitment and Call to Action is to:
- Fight against women’s homelessness
- Engage and empower women
- Drive conversations in community
- Inspire change
We are a credible, capable and committed leader in reducing homelessness through our demonstrated capacity to:
- Accommodate and service homeless young women and their children
- Provide useful directory information to homeless women to minimise their journey
- Influence the development of the social services and housing sectors
- Lead new innovative and collaborate homelessness projects within the community
The Lady Musgrave Trust is a small charity that receives no ongoing funding from the Government for our activities.
Our work focuses on three key services:
Accommodation and Support Services for young women
We help at risk and disadvantaged young women between the age of 18 and 30 (and their children) who are in critical homeless situations suffering from domestic violence, family breakdown, poverty, poor health and other complex issues.
We provide them with accommodation in our safe and furnished units throughout Brisbane and Ipswich. This Trust-owned property portfolio has been carefully acquired over many years (using the funds we have raised) and comprises a mix of one and two bedroom units. We can provide about 8,000 nights of safe accommodation in one year (dependant upon the number of children a woman may have and her duration of stay).
While our small operational team is unable to assist individual women in need, it is our important organisation partners who carry out this life-saving work. These vital services are listed in our Handy Guides, which are published and distributed to women who are at risk of homelessness or already homeless.
Together with our partners, we provide support services to these young women so they can be safe and live a happier and more sustainable future.
The Handy Guide for Homeless Women
We provide homeless women of all ages across Queensland with a service directory of information that details places to go for shelter, food, clothing and other services that are vital to support women in need. Our Handy Guide for Brisbane and Regional Queensland is available in Hard copy and PDF and is produced free of charge.
The Annual Forum
We work with industry experts to host a unique Annual Forum that is solely focused on women and homelessness. We bring together service providers from across Queensland to discuss the latest in best practice, case studies and opportunities for collaboration.