Our partners are other charities based in Queensland and Papua New Guinea that have the potential to achieve great things but may not have access to the funding to achieve them. Before partnering with any organisation, we research their vision and projects, as well as their governance, to ensure any funds we donate will be wisely used to achieve maximum results. We currently work with these visionary organisations:
Happy Paws Happy Hearts is a Brisbane-based charity which runs unique animal therapy programs where young people with physical or mental health injuries can learn to care for and train rescue animals.
In March 2020, they received a Significant Grant of almost a half-a-million dollars from Hand Heart Pocket to help create new employment pathways for their participants.
The funding will enable the organisation to establish an Employment Pathways program at Wacol, to service the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich community. An extension of their current program, the grant will empower young people at risk to become job-ready and eventually transition into meaningful employment.
Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading young carer support organisation. In March 2020, Hand Heart Pocket awarded a $380,000 Significant Grant towards the Little Dreamers Young Carer Project pilot.
This will see young carers living in Queensland receive extra support to overcome barriers to education, with a particular focus on young people situated in Townsville, Bundaberg and Brisbane, where higher numbers of young carers are found.
The pilot which has already been trialled in Victoria, will provide additional support to this vulnerable group to give them every chance of completing their education. This will be done by working with schools to create kind, safe and supportive environments for young carers.
The organisiation classifies a young carer as someone under 25 years of age who provides unpaid care for a family member with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or addiction.
Open Doors Youth Service is a charity that works with vulnerable LGBTIQ+ youth, who experience a variety of life challenges such as homelessness, family breakdown, mental health issues and alcohol and drug addiction. Each year more than 2,000 young people access the support service.
In March 2020, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $80,000 Significant Grant to help take the organisation to the next level, to help more young LGBTIQ+ people to thrive. The funding injection will allow Open Doors Youth Service to engage a specialist to help develop a framework to better understand, measure and manage the impact they are making, and to prepare them to take advantage of future philanthropic funding opportunities.
TRACTION is a community-based youth mentoring program that delivers tangible benefits for vulnerable young people and their families through hands-on, action-based education programs.
In late 2019, TRACTION received a $100,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to support their internal scholarship program, enabling 38 more young people aged 12-15 to re-engage in an alternative action-based learning environment. A portion of the funding will also assist the organisation, to measure its outcomes, build its capacity and better understand, manage and measure the impact they are making. Recurrent funding for a further two years will also be an option with a review of the program outcomes conducted each year.
Prior to this, in 2018, TRACTION received a $15,000 capacity building grant from Hand Heart Pocket to engage a specialist to guide the development of their long-term strategy, business plan and governance program, positioning them for future growth.
Since launching in 2015 the organisation has supported over 1,094 young people, through their early intervention programs.
Vanguard Laundry Services is a social enterprise commercial laundry in Toowoomba which provides employment pathways for people with a lived experience of mental illness. In 2019, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $277,500 Significant Grant to empower the social enterprise to take on larger clients and service new contracts, with a view to creating new jobs and an employment pathway for 30 people in the next 12 months.
Care Goondiwindi Assn Inc is a community services provider in regional South West Queensland with an aim to improve the quality of life of its people. In late 2019, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $281,000 Significant Grant to Care Goondiwindi to help make disability respite care more accessible in the region. The gap-funding went towards the construction of stage one of their new $1.5M purpose-built disability respite and short-term accommodation complex. The region’s Freemasons were vocal supporters of this grant.
Since 1968 Help Enterprises has been supporting people with disability to lead more independent lives. In 2018 HELP received a $1M Flagship Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to cover the funding gap, with the purchase and fit out of the new $3.3 million-dollar HELP Centre of Excellence Community Disability Hub in Crestmead. This will empower hundreds of students with disability in the Brisbane Bayside, Southside and Logan City each year to transition into meaningful employment when they finish high school. A 2,500 sqm Supply Chain Services facility will also provide valuable work experience and permanent supported employment for up to 100 people with disability.
This is the largest gift the organisation has received in its 50-year history.
Bloomhill Cancer Care on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast exists to help those with cancer to live well. Set within the lush Buderim rainforest, their Wellness Centre is a place of solace and understanding – where clients from as far as Kilcoy, Gympie and Burpengary can access to a range of therapies, counselling and nursing support to improve their quality of life. Transport to and from medical appointments is also provided.
To help meet the growing demand for its service, in 2019, Bloomhill Cancer Care received a $570,000 Flagship Grant, plus a $130,000 interest-free loan from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to go towards providing additional wellness facilities as part of a major expansion of the Buderim site.
By 2030 Bloomhill is expected the support 4,000 clients, that’s double the number of people they support today.
Hear and Say is a non-profit organisation supporting those who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their full potential. Their multidisciplinary team are experts in hearing and Listening and Spoken Language Therapy. Through their six centres across Queensland, Telepractice Program for rural and remote families, and School Hearing Screening Program, Hear and Say’s services reach thousands of people right across the state.
In March 2020, Hear and Say was awarded a $110,000 capacity building grant and a $110,000 interest-free loan from Hand Heart Pocket. This support will help to accelerate the growth of their new Adult Hearing and Rehabilitation program, to provide adults with access to technologies and skills to manage the everyday impacts of hearing loss. As a social enterprise, the program sees any surplus funding can support Hear and Say’s work teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak.
Previously, in 2018, Hand Heart Pocket provided a $500,000 Significant Grant to Hear and Say to ensure 500 children across the state could continue to access to their Audiology and Early Intervention programs over the following year.
Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Hervey Bay is a volunteer-based organisation which responds to emergencies on the waters off the Fraser Coast. It is the busiest regional VMR site in the state and in 2019 they secured a $400,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to continue their life-saving work into the future. The grant will fund the gap to construct a new $1.3M 11.94m purpose built marine rescue vessel called Rescue I.
With the local Freemasons having been vocal supporters of this initiative, Hand Heart Pocket was able to fulfil this need within their community.
Each year Guide Dogs Queensland empowers over 1,500 people with low or no vision to lead more independent lives. In 2018, the not-for-profit organisation received a $230,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland to help with the construction of an on-site veterinary clinic at their breeding and training centre north of Brisbane. This came following many years of support from Masonic Lodges at a grassroots level.
With guide-dog breeding numbers expected to increase by 70% over the next few years, having an on-site vet clinic will help to reduce expenses by as much as 60% - ensuring the organisation is able to meet the demand for its services into the future.
Pinaroo Roma Inc, a 60-bed not-for-profit aged care facility managed by the Rotary Club of Roma has been given a hand up to provide more dementia specific care in the Maranoa region. Having received a $250,000 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, the organisation will convert an existing wing into a second secure dementia specific wing to accommodate 11 additional dementia residents – bringing the total number of dementia specific beds to 23.
This will mean more people with the progressive illness will be able to stay close to their loved one and support networks, rather than having to move away to access this care.
The Murilla Community Centre in Miles has been supporting families and communities in the Western Downs region for almost 30 years. They provide a range of essential services, community programs and referrals to other agencies.
In 2019 the Murilla Community Centre received a $102,500 Significant Grant from Hand Heart Pocket to empower the region’s elderly and people with disabilities to continue leading independent lives.
The grant allowed the centre to purchase a wheelchair accessible Hi-ace bus so that its vital bus service, which is the only transport option for the region’s aged and disabled could be saved.
A new RAV4 vehicle was also purchased and is used by staff to provide in-home respite and social support in the wider community. The handover of the grant coincided with the local Murilla Masonic Lodge’s centenary in July 2019, making it even more special for the region’s Freemasons who championed this initiative.
YellowBridge QLD is a local, independent and not-for-profit organisation based in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Each year it helps more than 4,000 people on the Darling Downs to access housing, disability support, youth and home services so they can lead independent and rewarding lives.
In February 2018, YellowBridge QLD received the support of Hand Heart Pocket to ensure appropriate disability housing is more accessible in the region.
The grant will enable the construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, to accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer.
It is one of four fully customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will include assistive technology to empower residents to lead more independent lives.
Trojan’s Trek annually conducts three week-long wilderness-based support intervention programs for defence veterans and Emergency Service personnel suffering from the psychological effects of active service.
Facilitated by veterans for veterans, their focus is to improve participants’ mental health and help turn victims into warriors by taking them on a trek of the mind. Since 2009, over 200 ex-servicemen and more than 60 ex-servicewomen have been helped to adapt to life after deployment.
In 2018, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland provided a $15,000 grant to Trojan’s Trek to fund the training of 21 former participants, empowering them to conduct these treks for their peers, including one at Millmerran on the Darling Downs later that year.
Women's Legal Service Queensland runs the state’s only statewide domestic violence legal helpline.
Their solicitors and social workers also provide free advice on a range of family law and domestic violence matters, including arrangements for children, separation and divorce, property settlements, domestic violence protection orders, child support, child protection and sexual assault from their specialist community legal centre in Brisbane. They target their service to those most in need, prioritising the safety of women and children.
In July 2017, Hand Heart Pocket provided vital interim funding to ensure calls to its state-wide legal helpline could continue to be answered until long-term funding could be secured. The funds also went towards the training of 75 regional community workers in Emerald and Rockhampton and an updated website accessed by over 40,000 women each year.
The following year, Hand Heart Pocket provided another significant grant, the majority of which went towards the extension of their Annerley premises. This additional infrastructure will enable them to conduct 2000 free legal appointments for domestic violence victims each year.
3rd Space in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley is Queensland’s largest drop in and support centre for the homeless. Established in 1975, the organisation provides a range of essential services including meals, showers, laundry facilities, day beds and medical assistance for hundreds of people sleeping rough in the city.
In June 2017, Hand Heart Pocket empowered 3rd Space, to extend services from five to seven days a week as part of a 12-month pilot program. The grant is expected to assist 3rd Space to provide continuity of support and secure longer-term funding to have an even greater impact on homelessness in Brisbane.
Not only is the organisation on Hand Heart Pocket’s doorstep, but support of those at the coal face is important to Hand Heart Pocket, especially other charities who alleviate suffering and misfortune to empower people to lead better lives.
COUCH or Committee for Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital was formed in 2006 by Charles and Pip Woodward in an effort to bring better services for people living with cancer and their families in the Cairns region.
In 2017, Hand Heart Pocket in consultation with the Carpentaria District Freemasons provided a half a million dollar significant grant towards the COUCH Wellness Centre, a proposed development which will deliver services that provide a holistic approach to cancer care with the primary goal of improving the quality of life for people living with cancer (and beyond) as well as their carers.
The funds will specifically go towards the construction of a large double pavilion, the first of the pavilions to be built on the Manoora site, which will house specialist and support service providers.
Modelled on the successful Bloomhill Cancer Care Centre located on the Sunshine Coast, the facility will be the first of its kind in the region.