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Who we are

For centuries Freemasons have used the symbols of hand, heart and pocket to pledge practical help, genuine empathy and financial generosity to those who need it most. Inspired by this spirit of benevolence,
today we promise that same support.

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Hand

Practical Help
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Genuine Empathy
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Financial Generosity

Hand Heart Pocket is an independent charity and philanthropic foundation established by the Freemasons of Queensland with a history of helping the community for more than 110 years. We partner with other charities and philanthropists to create positive change for people in need in Queensland and Papua New Guinea, particularly young people. At a local level, we also back Freemason Lodges to support people in need and their local communities. Our Members’ deep connections to their local communities means they know exactly which local initiative to support, so together, we can help to bring our purpose – to partner for change for people in need – to life in communities across Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

Hand Heart Pocket is the trading name for the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund.

Read our 2021-22 Annual Report

Read our Consolidated Financial Report 2021-22

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OUR PURPOSE AND OUR GOAL

OUR PURPOSE

To partner for change for people in need.

OUR GOAL

Our goal is by 2030 to ensure 10,000 of Queensland’s at-risk young people have the outcomes they need to thrive in adult life.

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Our values are

  • Compassion

    Alleviate suffering and misfortune

  • Integrity

    Moral and ethical

  • Empowerment

    Equip people directly or through others to lead better lives

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Landmark trial underway to explore alternative employment support services for people living with a disability

A landmark $3.8M trial has commenced exploring the effectiveness of jobs-focused social enterprises in delivering long-term employment outcomes for people living with a disability. White Box Enterprises, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, will deliver the three-year trial that will see social enterprises paid directly by the Australian Government for their verified employment […]
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Helping young men make strides with their mental health

Getting together for a BBQ or even kicking a ball around with mates is helping to break down the stigma for young men seeking mental health support. The Mates Space program run by the non-profit organisation for youth mental health, headspace Woolloongabba recently received a $8,400 boost from the local Freemasons, so that more young […]
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Victorian Freemasons give generously to Qld flood victims

Communities across Queensland impacted by the floods in recent months, have not been forgotten by our southern friends, in their recovery journey. Freemasons Victoria and Freemasons Foundation Victoria have made a joint contribution of $100,000 to help with recovery efforts in Queensland, through the Hand Heart Pocket GIVIT Disaster Relief appeal. Freemasons Foundation Victoria Chairman, […]
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Collaborating for Queensland Kids

Today leading philanthropic agencies, community groups, research organisations, universities and government are taking forward a bold initiative in support of Queensland kids. The Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership (TQKP) is bringing together organisations and leaders to translate experience and science into policy and practice, while supporting capacity building across the community and our workforces, to improve […]
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Bursaries for young social entrepreneurs to attend SEWF22

If you’re under 30 years of age and a social entrepreneur in Queensland or Papua New Guinea, you could be awarded a bursary to attend The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF22), but be quick applications close 1 June. This international event will be held in Brisbane in September. Attendees will get to: -meet the movers […]
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Defence force personnel and first responders to triumph over trauma with Freemasons help

A Queensland charity that runs life-saving mental health rehabilitation programs for current and former defence force personnel and first responders, has been backed by the Freemasons. Moved by the demand for these programs, Enoggera-Thistle, Barron Barnett and Thespian Freemason Lodges, donated $50,000 to the 4 Aussie Heroes Foundation last month. The donation will help support […]

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