We work with people with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to gain new skills and increase independence. Whether it’s learning everyday life skills, rebuilding a life affected by brain injury, acquiring the skills to drive a specially adapted car or training for future employment, we support disabled people to achieve goals for life.
It all began in 1932, when Dame Georgiana Buller, then Chairman of the Central Council for the Care of Cripples, suggested a need for a residential training college for disabled people. In 1933, as Patron of the Central Council, the late Queen Mother, then HRH The Duchess of York, expressed her support for the proposal in order that disabled people might be retrained and find suitable employment in either commerce or industry through the work of this specialised disability charity. Dame Georgina Buller also set up St Loyes Foundation in Exeter.
When the College opened in November 1934, it was called the ‘Cripples’ Training College’ and remained so until 1941 when, after an informal visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother), she expressed the wish that it should bear her name – Queen Elizabeth’s Training College for the Disabled. Providing employment training for disabled people was the early focus of the college.
The future success of the College rested firmly on the shoulders Dame Georgiana and 3 of the 33 Governors: Major General Sir Cecil Pereira, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sister Teresa Fraser from St Vincent’s Orthopedic Hospital and Stanley Evans, a young Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the House Committee, who had worked alongside Dame Georgiana to raise the initial £15k to build the College and played a leading role for the next 40 years as Chairman.
As more services were opened, the charity became Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People. In 1934, this disability charity supported 16 individuals, today it serves more than a thousand disabled people each year.
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People enables and supports disabled people to increase independence and improve life skills.
Disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
Tel: 01372 841100
Fax: 01372 844657
QEF Mobility Services
1 Metcalfe Avenue
Tel: 020 8770 1151
Fax: 020 8770 1211
QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services
Tel: 01737 356222
QEF Independent Living Services
Tel: 01372 841300
Fax: 01372 843753
QEF Vocational Services
Tel: 01372 841100
Fax: 01372 844156
Minicom: 01372 843483
QEF Retail Trading
Tel: 01372 843616
Fax: 01372 842761