Josephine Butler was one of the most revolutionary social reformers of the nineteenth century. She challenged the inconsistent and hypocritical standards prevalent at that time especially where they unjustly disadvantaged women. She campaigned vigorously against the sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and children and strove for legislative reform to provide some degree of protection, equality and justice.
Josephine Butler worked tirelessly for the disadvantaged in Liverpool, opening her own home to women in need and single mothers with children. She became internationally known and respected for her work and achievements.
Josephine Butler was inspired in this work by a deep Christian faith and she is remembered officially in the Calendar of the Church of England on the 30th May each year.
After her death a college was founded in her memory in Alexandra Drive, Liverpool. For over 50 years students trained there as social workers and acquired specialist skills focussing particularly in helping single parent families and relating their Christian faith to their work.
As a result of changing educational provision and funding, the college was closed in 1972 and the proceeds invested to form the Josephine Butler Memorial Trust.
The income from the trust is used to award grants for projects in accordance with the aims and ideals of Josephine Butler. The trust also allocates grants to individual students whose studies are consistent with these ideals.
Until recently the Trustees have awarded grants for study and research into the inter-relation of theology and the social sciences and for a range of projects. This has ceased and the Trustees have new criteria which can be found in the Future Funding paper under Documentation.