The Freemasons have given a £5,000 boost to a Doncaster charity providing a valuable counselling service to disadvantaged young people in Doncaster.
The money, via the Masonic Charitable Foundation, will fund Doncaster Housing’s service in supporting young people at risk of homelessness, for a further 12 months.
Stuart Shore, chief executive of Doncaster Housing for Young People, said: “The MCF funding will help us provide a counselling service for 12 months.
“Virtually all of our clients come from disadvantaged backgrounds in Doncaster, and we provide support at a time of crisis in their lives. Our core purpose is supporting young people who are at risk of homelessness, but our clients often have a range of support needs and many experience mental ill health.
“Our counselling service is really important in helping young people address often deep-seated issues in their lives and this, in turn, helps provide the stability for them to sustain a tenancy and cope with independent living.”
Graham Bailey, the Master of Danecastre Lodge which meets in Doncaster town centre, said: “We are delighted that our funding has ensured the continuation of this important service for another year.
“Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry and we are always keen to support organisations such as Doncaster Housing for Young People, whose work is making a huge, positive difference, to the lives of young, vulnerable people across Doncaster.”
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding. Which encompasses South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire, is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net