This latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during October, 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 £6,524.12, to three community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest impact in terms of community benefit:
St John Ambulance, Harrogate
A volunteer-led health and first aid charity, dedicated to the teaching and practice of first aid and the support of the national emergency response system in England.
Their work in local communities is a way to raise people's knowledge of and confidence to use, first aid. They go right into the heart of the community with first aid training for local organisations and groups, for people who look after young children and infants.
For example, Community Advocate and Community Champion programmes help to reach local communities that would benefit most from their support. Community Advocates and Community Champions are based in these local communities. Their role is to inspire others to learn first aid skills. They do this by raising awareness of the importance of first aid. They also deliver first aid workshops at community centres, local events, and groups.
Whilst building costs, training courses and uniform etc. are provided by central funds, the cost of training equipment must be raised individually by each unit.
Harrogate’s equipment is very basic and they are now wishing to utilise up to date technology for life saving training resuscitation techniques.
The grant of £4,860 will be used to purchase two items of equipment, a Laerdal Resusci® Junior QCPR Training Manikin and a Laerdal Resusci® Anne QCPR AED Training Manikin Full Body with Airway Head and Shock Link.
The new Resusci® Anne’s make teaching resuscitation far easier and helps visually demonstrate the techniques employed far simpler because of the impact the new technology has on students.
The former is a full-body paediatric manikin designed for training professionals; it is anatomically correct, the life size and weight of a 5-year-old child.
The latter is a realistic rechargeable full body manikin for adult CPR training, allowing for practice of airway manoeuvres and can be used with a live defibrillator.
The grant application was supported by Harrogate and Claro Lodge No 1001.
Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) Ltd
ARC is the only national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents before, during and after antenatal testing. We offer parents specialised support for as long as is needed when an abnormality is diagnosed in their unborn baby.
Through its training programme for health professionals and work with policy makers, ARC aims to ensure that parents are able to make informed choices and experience the best possible care in what are often distressing circumstances.
ARC have pioneered ‘Sensitive Communications’ training for medics working in screening diagnosis and foetal medicine. Informed by parents and policy research, they help professionals reflect on and improve their skills in dealing with distressed parents.
Pre-pandemic they ran in-person training around the UK, including in Yorkshire, but after March 2020, converted to remote support, training over 1,000 medics via Zoom webinars.
To support professionals’ recovery from the pandemic, they are keen to relaunch a programme in 2021-22, with a focus on widening engagement with hospital units underrepresented in their network, such as those in South Yorkshire.
The grant of £1,400 will assist in the purchase of a lap-top, publications and membership packs, to kick-start the Sheffield engagement project; sponsored by Welcome Lodge No 3779, Sheffield.
Rothwell Town U8s
Rothwell Town U8s is community football club designed to help children develop necessary skills that can be transferred into other things as they grow older, such as team work and the basic values of being part of a team.
Being part of a team also helps them develop as children giving them a purpose and something to look forward to at the weekend.
The children are also encouraged to assist in the community, they have had litter picking days and hope to expand on this going forward. No child wishing to participate is ever turned away.
With many of the children’s grandparents attending matches throughout the winter, having some portable hot water receptacles will enable them to serve hot drinks at the side of the playing fields. Also, a Gazebo will afford protection from the weather.
The grant of £264.12 will not only enable the purchase of `pop up' goals to replace cones, but two hot water dispensers and a Gazebo; sponsored by Aurora Lodge No 4047, Leeds.
In December last year, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomed two brand-new hi-tech promotional vehicles to their fleet, one of which was acquired as a result of support from Yorkshire Freemasons.
With the impact of Covid having diminished over the summer, the vehicles have been seen at many shows, including the Great Yorkshire Show and have been utilised in YAA’s schools educational project, aimed at teaching children about the service and inspiring the next generation of supporters.
Pictured are children from Norton Infant School, Doncaster.
Helen Callear, Director of Fundraising (North/East) commented, “The new Mobile Units have helped us enormously this summer season, where we have been playing catch up with the hundreds of events that were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Although it is early days yet, we reckon we are doubling our income if we bring the vehicle along to an event which is incredible, but it does look impressive!
Apart from the obvious fundraising benefits, at events like the Great Yorkshire Show where we displayed it in the Discovery Zone, and engaged with children of all ages, we were able to tell our story and enthuse minds.
The onboard cockpit experience particularly has allowed children to sit in the pilot’s seat and imagine flying through the clouds over the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. We are incredibly grateful to the Freemasons for their forward-thinking generosity and aim to engage with the generations of the future to promote social responsibility and charity.”
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