Brethren, this latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during November 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 the work that WRMCL is doing to support those within our communities.
Since the previous update, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund has made grants, totalling over £4,400, to three community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest impact in terms of community benefit:
Honley Junior Football Club - is a community club, welcoming any young player, whatever age, gender or ability, to develop and enjoy their love of football. The grant of £400 will be used towards the provision of training tops for the Under 14s; sponsored by Beaumont Lodge No 2035, Kirkburton.
Sheffield Cruse Bereavement Care - is a registered charity providing counselling and support for individuals who are struggling to come to terms with bereavement in the Sheffield area.
Traditionally, this has been provided both face to face and over the phone, by trained volunteers and supported by a core of management and staff from their office. Covid-19 has placed additional strain on the service.
The current pandemic has increased the number of calls upon their services, yet funding has suffered due to the inability to raise monies during the lockdown. The grant of £2,000 will go some way towards their operating costs; sponsored by Lodge of Industry No 6579.
CGCC Community Foodbank - was established by a Community Workforce in March this year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They currently distribute 95 food parcels every week to households within a 4.5-mile radius of the Calder Grove cricket club; a number which is increasing. Having had to vacate the Village Institute, Crigglestone, they have moved into temporary accommodation and are building a permanent home for the food bank at the cricket club. The grant, of £2,000, will help towards the purchase of racking and equipment, to fit-out the new food bank including fridge/freezers, furniture and office equipment; sponsored by Tateshall Lodge No 7645, Pontefract.
Finally, Brethren during these very difficult times the CHOICES Care and Support Officers have maintained regular contact with clients and beneficiaries by phone, to reassure them that we are still here for them and to provide support and advice. The CHOICES Team are concerned that Brethren, in need of assistance, may not be seeking the help that is available.
The following detail and leaflet provide further information about the Scheme and you are encouraged to seek support should you require it.
Make CHOICES your first call for assistance.
West Riding Masonic Charities Limited, YOUR CHARITY, is ready to provide assistance to any West Riding Freemason, his family, dependants or widow, in their time of need.
CHOICES IS HERE TO HELP AND IS NOT MEANS TESTED.
Support can be provided in many different ways ranging from Emergency Financial Grants, financing home improvements and minor repairs, to short term respite and support with social care needs
We have two excellent Care & Support Officers, who are available to provide help, advice and support; we also provide a telephone befriending service, available for a confidential discussion.
For FAST, CONFIDENTIAL help contact your Lodge Almoner, or if you prefer, give the FREE Confidential Help Line a call, on 03449 02 02 20.
Never assume the CHOICES TEAM cannot help, if YOU don’t ask the question, YOU will never know the answer.
For more information, please see the attached brochure.
Stay safe, keep well.