Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

80 Years of Achieving Goals for Life

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) was founded in 1934 by Dame Georgiana Buller and Stanley Evans, and was supported by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother throughout her life.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (then HRH The Duchess of York) opening ‘The Cripples’ Training College’ 27 June 1935

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (then HRH The Duchess of York)
opening ‘The Cripples’ Training College’ 27 June 1935

The charity’s initial focus was ‘to demonstrate the possibility of fitting many cripples for absorption into industry by means of occupations’. This was realised through employment training for disabled people in the Training College and later a Sheltered Workshop.

Over the years the charity has evolved to provide more services for people with disabilities, from rehabilitation units, to independent living, to holiday homes, to mobility services, You can read about individual services in the pages listed in the sidebar. You can find out more about QEF today at www.qef.org.uk.

Heritage Project

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In 2015 QEF secured funding for a one year heritage project designed to widen knowledge and understanding of the charity’s work, and to explore changing attitudes towards disability and employment. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work involved:

QEF are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the opportunity to share the charity’s very interesting past with the local and wider community.

To find out more about the history of Disability and Mental Health in Surrey click here.

Text and images courtesy of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.

2 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People”

  1. please can you help me my Mum Anne joan Shields was a patient in the Q.E.F. training school after contracting Polio in 1950 could you kindly tell me if you have any information or picture’s of the Hospital at that time, many thanks Susan De’vanney,

  2. Jenny Woods says:

    My great-aunt was the secretary to the original fund-raising organisation for he Cripples Training School, now QEF. I have inherited a lot of papers to do with the fund-raising events which took place e.g programmes, posters, invitations etc. Would you be interested in any of them for your archives?

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