Saturday 27th June 2020 marks 85 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, then HRH Duchess of York, officially opened an employment training college for people with disabilities at Leatherhead Court, which later became QEF.
QEF has been at the heart of the Surrey community for more than 85 years, but today our expert services are facing an uncertain future due to the impact of COVID-19 on our voluntary income.
With an estimated shortfall in funding of £1million by the end of July, QEF has done everything possible to try and find solutions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on its services. However, we still need to raise £500,000 by the end of September if we are to continue our vital work providing expert services to adults and children with disabilities or acquired brain injuries.
The Grange (2016) Ltd, which provides support for up to 25 people with learning disabilities in a range of residential and supported living settings, has joined QEF as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Based in Cranbrook, Kent, supported individuals are mainly from the Kent area and their services are rated by CQC as Good with elements of Outstanding.
These are challenging times for everyone and our priority at the moment is the health of our staff and clients – especially those in our residential services. We are working hard to ensure we continue to provide safe care for every resident that relies on our care and support.