It was the good fortune of the Victorian Women’s Trust to be among the beneficiaries of the exceptional talents and capabilities of Loula Rodopoulos. First as a founding Trustee and then as Convenor, Loula played a vital role in setting the fledgling organisation on the path to the Trust’s success.
Loula seemingly impressed in the same way, virtually everyone with whom she came into contact. Her calm force of personality, intelligence, integrity, empathetic and compassionate nature, insight, energy, focus and her firm stand in relation to her values made their mark on colleagues, family, friends and students alike over the decades.
Wherever Loula’s energies were directed – the range was extensive and included social work, academia, participation on statutory tribunals, boards, councils and committees – they were hand in hand with her unwaivering beliefs – in equity and social justice, the importance of working towards the best outcome for women, the poor, and those of different ethnic backgrounds.
The Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund will makes grants to:
We thank the private donor who enabled the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust to create this Sub-Fund in Loula’s name.
Click below to download a copy of the Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund essay with poems publication.
“An eternity of quiescent patriarchy awaits the dawning of feminist challenge”
– Loula Rodopoulos
The Wonderful Women’s Health Project will involve strengthening the social inclusion partnership between Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre and local mental health agencies in the Flemington area, including: Norfolk Terrace Community Care Unit, Arion Park, Cohealth and Waratah Mental Health Services, to ensure a supported transition back into the community for women with more serious mental health issues. The project will develop four new programs for women with mental health issues: creative writing, art therapy, anxiety support group and a singing group.
Writers Victoria will offer a six-month digital residency for a Victorian women writer. The residency will include: paid commissions, professional development training profile-raising and facilitated networking opportunities. Commissions will be published through the Writers Victoria website and partner outlets to be brokered in consultation with the resident writer, according to her interest areas. While open to all female-identifying writers, priority will be given to writers facing intersecting barriers to participation in the literary industry, particularly single mothers.
$5,500 grant (generously supported by the Daughters of Penelope chapter of AHEPA)
Outlandish is a structured community volunteering program that enables adult women experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and social isolation to successfully re-integrate into community life. During the program women volunteer over 6-18 months with environmental and animal welfare organisations whilst practicing reflective learning, which enables them to: regain trust in others; uncover and build on personal strengths and abilities; steadily grow self-confidence and self-reliance; discover personal aspirations and set goals; and establish social and economic networks.
Would you like to make lasting impact in the community? Are you passionate about strategic, gender-wise philanthropy?
Establishing a Sub-Fund within the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust is a practical and lasting way for you to strategically invest in advancing opportunities or reducing barriers for women and girls in Victoria without any administrative burden.