During and after the First World War, our focus changed, funds were used to support returned servicemen and their families - with the support of the community, we were even able to fully fund an orthopaedic ward at Rosemount Hospital.
In the fifties, we ran a sheltered workshop that provided work and rehabilitation for disabled people, for 30 years the workshop remained the focus of our attention. During this time, we also played a key role in the creation of the Queensland Council of Social Service. Over time, we found ourselves becoming more focussed on supporting people with mental health difficulties and supporting individuals to live independently and well within their community of choice.
Fundraising has always been vitally important - everything we have done has been made possible by the generosity of our partners and supporters. In 2015, the Wattle League Foundation was launched to focus our fundraising efforts and endeavours. The Foundation's first goal is to raise funds to build and establish Wattle House that once complete will provide supported transitional accommodation and support to veterans who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of mental health illness. The Foundation's first project is meaningful step forward for our organisation and marks the continuation of our long tradition of offering rehabilitation and support to Australian veterans.