Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Shelter Boosted by a Major Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The charity Shelter has received a grant of £60,000 for their Birmingham centre from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.   Warwickshire Provincial Charity Steward John Hayward, visited the centre on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W Bro Geoff Walker, and received a warm welcome from managers and staff at the centre. Pictured below is Joel Dunster, Senior Grants & Philanthropy Executive from Shelter’s London HQ, with Belinda Hoste, Advice Service Manager for Birmingham, receiving the certificate from Provincial Grand Charity Steward, John Hayward.

The presentation of the certificate for £60,000

More than 1,600 people in Birmingham with serious housing difficulties will be getting help over the next two years, thanks to the grant from Warwickshire Freemasons, funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The £60,000 grant, specifically to Shelter Birmingham will help fund an Advice Worker who will help people in danger of homelessness or threatened with repossession. They will also help with cases where homes are unsafe or dilapidated.

Birmingham has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK outside London, with the situation expected to worsen over the coming years. There are more than 12,000homeless people in Birmingham, and more than 300,000 in the UK as a whole. While some issues can be resolved quickly and easily, others require months of intensive prolonged casework. Shelter’s advice workers give people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to avoid future crises by themselves.

John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.
John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.

Vicky Hines, from Shelter Birmingham, said: “We’re very grateful to Warwickshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to reach hundreds of people with housing problems in Birmingham.”   John Hayward added “We’re very pleased to be able to help Shelter, who do hugely important work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The visit to the Shelter Birmingham office was very illuminating and helped us to understand what problems Shelter handle on a daily basis, and discussion with the staff and advisers demonstrated what a difficult but essential role they play in helping people recover from life changing situations.

Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.
Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. Shelter website - https://england.shelter.org.uk/

The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.   https://mcf.org.uk/

Linwood Lodge and WMCA support ROSHNI in Birmingham

RoshniRoshni is a refuge, a safe house in Birmingham for women and their children escaping domestic violence. Roshni provides emergency temporary accommodation for single women and women with children who are fleeing from domestic or sexual abuse/violence. The refuge location is kept confidential and no visitors are allowed in the building. Support workers are present to provide emotional and practical support to women and children.

The name Roshni means sunlight, brightness or light, which is particularly appropriate when you consider the safe haven that Roshni offers to women in a highly vulnerable position. Although still a relatively small organization, Roshni has been in existence for over 30 years, and provides a vital emergency function.

W Bro Keith Reynolds, a well know Solihull based member, heard on a Midlands News bulletin that just before Christmas a burglary had occurred at the refuge, and many of the presents donated for the children had been stolen. Although the staff and supporters of Roshni had managed to obtain substitutes for the losses, Keith felt it right that he should try to help out this charity, which exists on very limited funds. From charity funds held by Linwood Lodge, a donation of £500 was made, which the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has been pleased to match. At the AGM of the charity, held on 15th February, W Bro Keith, accompanied by W Bro John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward, presented the cheques to the trustees, a gesture which was appreciated and welcomed by all present.   It was pleasing to note that in anticipation of the donations, the Provincial logo had already been used on the charity’s documentation.

More information on Roshni - http://roshnibirmingham.org.uk

JBH

MCF Legacies & Wills Information

The Masonic Charitable Foundation have issued an information leaflet and guide relating to Legacies and Wills, which we have been asked to communicate. The information is to help people make their own personal choices, and to be clear on the consequences of those decisions. Whilst the literature does highlight the importance of legacies to the MCF, the emphasis is on general awareness.

The information is available by clicking on leaflet and guide.

Any member requiring a hard copy of the leaflet or guide should contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Burglary at Rugby St Cross Hospital

Following a burglary at Rugby St Cross Hospital, in which computer equipment was stolen from the phlebotomy department, the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has made a donation to help with replacement of stolen computer equipment.   The hospital report at the end of 2017 said, "A burglary at the hospital’s showpiece blood-taking department has resulted in disruption to patients after electronic devices were stolen. The break-in took place over a weekend at the unit, opened two years ago at the hospital after a charity appeal. Electronic items including a laptop and several Galaxy tablets were taken in the raid."

The blood-taking unit was launched in 2015 on the site of the old Mulberry Ward after The Friends of St Cross raised £120,000 for the service, which put the hospital at the forefront of improving phlebotomy care. Following the burglary, for a period, the unit resorted to a manual system instead of the computerised system which had been installed.

Presentation of a cheque for £1000
Presentation of a cheque for £1000

W Bro Stuart Esworthy, a prominent Rugby Freemason, and a trustee of the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, was pleased to present the cheque for £1000 to Eileen Rock, Head of Charity for the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, of which Rugby St Cross Hospital is part of the group. Nursing staff at the unit are also pictured.

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association supports numerous hospitals, hospices, research, disabled support groups and many other causes throughout Warwickshire and the West Midlands. For further information, contact John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward.

JBH

 

Ladies Gift Fund – Spring Lunch

WARWICKSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE and STAFFORDSHIRE PROVINCES
Registered Charity No 519281 

There are two areas of activity hosted by the Ladies’ Gift Fund each year. Firstly, The Christmas Fayre held in November and secondly the Spring Lunch held at The Masonic Hall, Kings Heath. 

These two events are very well supported by Brethren and Ladies from all three Provinces. This year the Spring Lunch will be held on Sunday 8th April 2018

Plans are now being made to again make this day live up to its reputation. The lunch will take the form of a three-course salad buffet. There is always an overwhelming demand for places, but due to fire regulations at the venue we are restricted in numbers so please apply for your tickets early. 

The ladies of the committee offer their thanks to all who attend or help with these events. 

The support given helps us to raise a considerable amount for charity each year, much of which benefits the charities of the three Provinces.

If you are able to offer any items for the raffle we would be happy to receive them via any of our members.

Download the application form here.

Spring Fair

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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