Community Grants update – 19 July 2021
This latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during July, 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 £15,315, to seven community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest impact in terms of community benefit:
Highbury School, Rastrick
Highbury School is an outstanding specialist school providing highly specialist education for children with a wide range of complex special educational needs and disabilities, from ages 4-11.
In March, the school’s electronic gates were broken and their minibus was stolen from within the grounds. It has not been recovered. Fundraising has been going on since, to make up the difference between what the insurance company has paid out and the cost of a replacement vehicle. Regrettably, the insurance policy did not cover the gates.
The grant of £2,775 will cover the cost of repairing the gates; sponsored by De Warren Lodge No 1302, Halifax.
Christ Church New Mill,
Having been loved and cared for, over many years, the church in the Upper Holme Valley was in need of work to bring it up to modern standards and has recently been extended to provide; disabled access, a disabled toilet and a lift to the upstairs Gallery.
The Gallery area is now to be refurbished to accommodate events and use by the wider community; this will entail modifying the kitchen.
The grant of £2,500 will assist in the completion of the work, in purchasing kitchen equipment and units; sponsored by Beaumont Lodge No 2035, Kirkburton.
Leeds Mencap support children and young people with learning disabilities; creating opportunities for children and their families to be included within their communities and achieve their aspirations.
Based at the Vinery Centre, LS9, they are to set up a new lending library for families, as part of their Early Years support offer. Families will be able to borrow equipment, including a range of items, sensory equipment and specialist resources.
The grant of £4,960 will be used to purchase equipment; sponsored by Lodge of Dawn No 6511, Leeds.
Swarthmore Education Centre
Swarthmore Education Centre on Woodhouse Square, Leeds, is a centre for lifelong learning, community projects and family learning sessions, as well as courses and activities
Volunteers seek to inspire lives through friendly learning within a commitment to equality of opportunity; the main aim being to encourage people who want to learn but might not feel comfortable in more formal educational institutions.
They work on a friendly, human scale, offering a confidential counselling service, on-site childcare and learning support.
Over 2,000 people enrolled directly onto Swarthmore courses in the year prior to the pandemic. Many more made use of the Centre as a community resource, providing facilities for a wide variety of local groups. Swarthmore attracts a social mix of people who go to the Centre because of their shared interests in learning, rather than their background.
The grant of £2,000 will allow the purchase of musical instruments and equipment for use in a project running in the summer holidays, to aid young people with their mental health and well-being; sponsored by Lodge of Dawn No 6511, Leeds.
With Centres on Shadwell Lane and at Leeds Campus, educational and social programmes are provided, with a non-judgemental approach, for everyone. There is an especial stress on reaching out to those who are disadvantaged, whether through a lack of education, life experiences or circumstances beyond their control.
With their ‘Loaves of Love’ care packages initiative, they deliver weekly packages of challos, chicken soup, kugel, grape juice and shabbat candles to members of the Leeds community, of all religious denominations.
The grant of £1,650 will purchase a commercial potato peeler, enabling the expansion of the project to cater for more of the most vulnerable in the Leeds community, with even better care packages; sponsored by the Lodge of Dawn No 6511, Leeds.
Garforth Musical Society
Established in 1959, this local amateur theatre group produces Broadway and West End musicals and performs at the Welfare Hall in Garforth. Producing two musical shows a year, for the people of Garforth and surrounding areas, their membership includes people of all ages, from 11 to 80.
The cost of putting on the shows is high and restrictions over the past 18 months have curtailed their fund-raising effort.
The grant of £800 will enable the purchase of materials needed to manufacture scenery and costumes; sponsored by Aurora Lodge No 4047, Leeds.
Incredible Edible Kippax
Part of a national network, with a mission to show how ordinary people can transform their own landscapes and turn plots into abundant sources of healthy food, their vision is to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food. Their focus is on community and learning for all ages, through shared experience of planting, growing, harvesting and cooking food.
Incredible Edible Kippax aims to increase the amount of local food grown and eaten in the village. Businesses, Schools, Councillors, Farmers and the community are all involved. Vegetables and fruit are springing up everywhere. Public flowerbeds are being transformed into Community herb gardens and vegetable patches.
Run by volunteers, funds are required for the building of another vegetable and herb bed, constructed of oak sleepers and filled with good quality compost, in a part of Kippax predominantly populated with council housing. They also plan to fill some existing planters around the Mount Pleasant area, to compliment the planned ‘Kippax in Bloom Dementia Garden’.
The grant of £630 will support the cost of materials, compost and consumables; sponsored by Aurora Lodge No 4047, Leeds.
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