Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund
History of the Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund
The Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund was established in March 1857 through the Auckland Ladies Benevolent Society. The Society’s objective at its inception was to alleviate the hardship of the poor, particularly families and destitute children, by supplying them with clothes, food and other necessities. The Society’s primary attention was given to sick and needy women, to cases of extreme poverty and to poor women during their pregnancy.
In 2005, the Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund was transferred by the Society to The Selwyn Foundation, in order to support older vulnerable women who require financial assistance within the Auckland region.
What can the Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund be used for?
It’s usually given to ladies residing in Auckland who need, but can’t afford, things like new spectacles, hearing aids, dentures and other dental work. Selwyn Centre guests are able to apply to the Fund, if they are unable to access a Selwyn Centre due to financial circumstance or have a specific ‘one off’ need or service that would enhance their independence. Applications can be made when adequate assistance is unavailable from other sources such as family, the fund is not available to assist people to become residents at any facility owned or managed by The Selwyn Foundation.
Who can benefit from this?
The Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to Selwyn residents, clients of The Selwyn Foundation’s community day services and guests of the Selwyn Centres who are New Zealand citizens and residents (other criteria also apply).
Note: Men who believe they meet the above criteria can apply for a grant from The Puckey Fund.
How can you seek financial assistance?
The Auckland Ladies Benevolent Fund application form should be completed in full and the required documents attached, with statements, regarding your personal requirements. The completed application should be sent to:
The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality Administrator, The Selwyn Foundation, PO Box 8203, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will receive acknowledgement within five working days by telephone or email.