This latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during August, to charities and organisations across the Province. Its aim is to ensure that all brethren and their families within Yorkshire, West Riding are aware of how their contributions are being used and the work that WRMCL is doing, on their behalf, to support those within our communities.
Since the previous update, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund has made grants, to the total value of £18,650, to four community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest impact in terms of community benefit:
The Huddersfield Mission is well known for supporting those with multiple and complex needs, including homelessness, mental health, addiction, a history of offending and more.
A team of experienced volunteers, led by a Support Services Manager and including three Advice Officers, offer free advice and support in the areas of Benefits and Finances, Housing and Tenancy Support, Health and Wellbeing and Emergency Help in a crisis, with access to emergency provisions and food parcels (via referral to the Welcome Centre).
At the heart of the building on Lord Street, Huddersfield, is a café, offering nutritious, affordable hot and cold food, produced and served by paid staff and dedicated volunteers.
The grant of £5,000 will facilitate the refurbishment of a room, enabling the display of clothing and other donated items, together with a dressing area and the provision of heavy-duty trestle tables in the café area; sponsored by the Chapter of Truth No 521, Huddersfield.
Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust
The Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust was established to run and manage Holmfirth Civic Hall for the community. Volunteers form a Board of Trustees, employing a small team to run and manage the Hall on a day-to-day basis.
The Hall is used to benefit the residents of Holmfirth and surrounding areas by advancing education and providing facilities in the interests of social welfare and leisure time recreation, to improve conditions of life as well as promoting the performing and visual arts.
The Trust are to undertake a major project to replace the aged toilet facilities and provision of disabled toilet facilities. The grant of £5,000 will assist in the completion of the work; sponsored by Holme Valley Lodge No 652, Holmfirth.
Harrogate Homeless Project
The Project run a hostel on Bower Street, which is a safe place for 16 residents to stay while they work together to identify goals and provide support to reach those goals. The hostel also has a dedicated area offering emergency accommodation for rough sleepers.
The average occupancy for the hostel each year is over 95% and the average length of stay is currently 80 nights. The aim is for residents to move on to independent living which may be to one of the Project’s own move on houses or other local accommodation, which they help to organise. They continue to offer support when residents leave the hostel and to liaise with other agencies to ensure the best possible outcome.
They also have the Springboard Day-centre, in the town centre, which provides meals, shower facilities, laundry, clothing, GP services, therapies, skills training, advice and practical support for anyone who is experiencing homelessness or is in need of support around their housing situation.
The grant of £5,000 will contribute towards the overall cost of replacing their aged telephone system; sponsored by Harlow Lodge No 4404, Harrogate.
Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity
Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, supported by Friends of Harrogate Hospital, raise funds to do more for patients, staff and their families in the care of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, going above and beyond the provision of the NHS, including provision of specialist equipment, training and services.
The grant of £3,650 will purchase Dementia Memory Boxes, DVD players and DVDs; sponsored by Harlow Lodge No 4404, Harrogate.
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