The Handbook contains a comprehensive range of advice and guidance to assist Almoners to undertake their duties. It is particularly useful to newly appointed Almoners, as well as serving as a continuing reference source for experienced Almoners.
The Handbook was currently version 1.4 and was last updated in November 2016.
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The Information Booklet
Otherwise known as the ‘little yellow book’, the information booklet outlines the wide-range of grants and services provided by the Foundation. Almoners will find this very useful when assisting a Masonic family to make an application for our help.
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Almoners may be asked to assist individuals who are making an application to the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
This section provides a range of policies that the Almoners must be aware of to undertake their duties.
Assistance working with vulnerable adults or people under 18 can be provided by our Advice and Support team. You can contact the team via our Enquiries team on 0800 035 60 90 or email@example.com.
As the “eyes and ears” of the Lodge, the Almoner must be alert to the needs and problems of Freemasons and their families. Our leaflets and presentations can help Almoners to describe our work:
If you would like to receive paper copies of printed leaflets for your Lodge, please complete our publications order form.
Please allow five to six working days for your leaflets to arrive. For urgent deliveries please contact us on 020 3146 3333.
Delivering a presentation about the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to your Lodge is a great way to explain how the Foundation can help Masonic families. The presentation takes around 20-30 minutes to deliver and is suitable for a variety of meetings and events. If you would like to customise the presentation with stats about our work in your Province, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our banner banner stands can be displayed at large events or meetings. If you would like to request display or presentation materials, please email email@example.com or call 020 3146 3333.
This publication contains the latest news about the Masonic Charitable Foundation. We plan to produce two issues each year featuring real stories about some of the Freemasons and their family members we have helped, and those who have undertaken unique and exciting challenges to raise funds for us.
Every Almoner should receive five copies of the newsletter by post. We would be grateful if you would provide these copies to Masonic widows, or anyone associated with your Lodge who would benefit from a copy.
Additional copies of Better Lives can be ordered through our publication order form.
As an Almoner, it is useful to have a solid understanding of the various Government benefits so they can signpost Lodge members to the state support they may be eligible for. Health and Social Care Trusts (which are part of the NHS) can also provide a range of health and care assessments, which may be required in order to make an application for support.
Applicants may not be eligible for certain types of support from the Foundation unless they are claiming the Government benefits or grants they are entitled to.
You can see if an applicant is missing out on state help using Entitledto’s online benefits calculator or by downloading our Guide to Benefits.
Care options can be confusing. Our Advice and Support Team can offer expert guidance on all the options available and you can 0800 035 60 90 to arrange to speak to the team.
The following documents provide general information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation: