Single mum Jules is a free spirit, full of life and a real earth mother. Jules has four kids: two sons, Jay and Ishy (16 & 17), and daughters Elisha (21) and India (18). Her family is a blend of her own, adopted and foster children. Over the past 12 years Jules has had 29 foster children. It is her firm belief that cooking and food has been the fundamental healing tool for the children in her care.
After acquiring a degree in Social Science while the children were young, Jules worked for 9 years, largely in Child Protection and with teenagers in Crisis. Following this she was appointed school counsellor in a large K-12 school where she continued her work with children and families. In 2010 she moved in to private practice where she primarily worked with teenagers in crisis and their families. She was admired and recognized for her holistic and compassionate approach and, as a consequence, was awarded the Byron Community ‘Working with Young People’s award in 2012. It was during this time in 2008 that Jules also founded her own charity “Women and Children’s Care Initiative’ and was fundamental in the building of a Women and Children’s refuge in the Solomon Islands in 2009.
Life took an unpredictable turn in 2013 when she was accepted as a contestant on MasterChef. As mentioned earlier her love of food as a fundamental tool for a functioning family has been paramount throughout her life. As challenging as this process was it cemented her belief in the continuation of her service and charity work.
Jules has used her profile to raise awareness around matters of importance. She is ambassador for ‘Adopt Change’ with Deborah Lee- Furness and Hugh Jackman. She is also ambassador for Foster Care Australia and Meals on Wheels. She has recently launched a therapeutic tea line which donates its profits to reputable charities. After a recent visit to Cambodia she is also working tirelessly to raise awareness around gross human rights atrocities experienced by young people being trafficked.
It is Jules’s hope that through public speaking she can influence change in the lives of those in need, whether here or abroad.
Jules was the highlight of the day for the Resi workers. What she spoke about really resonated with them.
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
You could hear a pin drop – for the entire time of Jule’s presentation. Students, staff and parents alike were deeply connected to her and the content of her presentation. Many have also commented that Jules immediately established a personal connection to the students from our school. She was very “human and real with them” her link was authentic.
Phoenix P-12 Community School
Jules Allen was a captivating guest speaker for our recent “Life is a Roller Coaster” event. Jules connected with the audiences on their level, which ranged from students Yr. 8-12 to adults, which made them open to actually accepting and retaining her message. Jules used the power of life experiences to illustrate her points which the audience respected the fact that she wasn’t perfect. Jules was very down to earth and took the time to answer questions and then after each presentation circulate with the audience.
Cleve & District Mental Health & Wellbeing Group
Jules was spot on with her talk and the way she related to the audience. It was a very powerful time and deeply impacted much of the audience.