The Queen’s Charitable Fund
The non-profit Œuvres de la Reine - Hulpfonds van de Koningin, or Queen’s Charitable Fund, aids people in urgent need. In accordance with Article 2 of the statutes, the organisation’s mission is to assist Her Majesty the Queen in Her philanthropic and social activities.
At the moment, it focusses on two areas:
- Requests addressed to HM the Queen that concern assistance with financial and social problems, in particular. These requests are not processed by the Queen’s Charitable Fund but by the Petitions and Social Affairs Service of His Majesty the King’s Household.
Every request is examined by the Petitions and Social Affairs Service and followed up, either with:
- advice and guidance for the person concerned and referral to an appropriate aid agency;
- a contact between the Petitions and Social Affairs Service and the relevant official bodies or organisations (Federal Public Service, municipality, PCSW, NIHDI, Housing Fund, ONE, etc.), for examination or handling of the situation.
All requests for financial aid must be referred to a recognised and competent Public Centre for Social Welfare (CPAS/OCMW) for investigation. If a request concerns financial assistance, a one-off, limited financial grant can be made from the Queen’s Charitable Fund by the Petitions and Social Affairs Service.
- The Queen’s Charitable Fund supports projects that focus on helping young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who are looking for a life plan. The population targeted by the projects supported are young people, orphans or those placed in institutions or foster families. Once they reach the age of majority, young people in care have to leave the institutions that look after them and are to a large extent left to their own devices. Yet this is a time when they need sound advice, guidance and moral or financial support to plan for their futures. The Queen’s Charitable Fund therefore puts the accent on personally empowering young people in vulnerable situations.
Based on the experience acquired by HM the Queen during her visits to a great many organisations, and in consideration of Her priorities as well as the financial resources that the organisation has at its disposal, the Board of Directors of the Queen’s Charitable Fund has decided to support the following projects for a three-year cycle (2020 – 2022).
- The SRPE’s VIC project, which aims to achieve the social and professional integration of young people over 18 years of age who have been in care, with a view to enabling them to build a life plan, by:
- surrounding them with a professional and emotional network and setting up a system of mentoring and coaching by people from different backgrounds;
- helping young people to break out of their isolation and build a network;
- following each of these young people throughout their journeys, as parents concerned about the futures of their children do. More information about the project can be found on the website of the SRPE (Société Royale Protectrice de l’Enfance) - (http://vic.srpe.be/)
- The “Grote stap” project, which is run by the non-profit organisation CACHET. The “Grote Stap” helps disadvantaged youth to live independently once they reach the age of majority. As part of the project, Cachet organises information sessions and camps during which disadvantaged youth not only receive a substantial amount of information but can also build a network of other young people and organisations that are important for them. The support of the Queen’s Charitable Fund will enable the project to increase the frequency of the information sessions and camps, as well as ensuring ongoing support for the young people who have attended them. More information about CACHET’s activities can be found on its website (http://cachetvzw.be/).
- The “Bootsman”, a project of the non-profit “Koninklijk Werk IBIS”. The “Bootsman” provides extra support to young people aged between 16 and 20 who have received their education at the “Koninklijk Werk IBIS” and have asked for more help. Some of these young people still need guidance and support before they can live independently. The “Bootsman” provides them with that support. More information about the “Koninklijk Werk IBIS” can be found on the website (http://www.ibiswerk.be/).
The Queen’s Charitable Fund - Oeuvres de la Reine - Hulpfonds van de Koningin - is completely separate and independent from the King’s Civil List. It has its own Board of Directors.