Coronavirus

Help for individuals

A wide-range of help and support is available for Freemasons and their families with financial, health, family or care-related needs. Please make enquiries via email wherever possible.

Do you need help?

 0800 035 60 90
help@mcf.org.uk

Get support

If you cannot email and your call goes to voicemail please be assured that the message has been received and we will respond – please do not make repeat calls.


RMBI Care Co.

RMBI Care Co. Homes are currently open to admissions for new residents and Homes Managers and Business Relationship Managers would be happy to hear from prospective residents and their families.

Contact the relevant Home

Alternatively, please send an email to enquiries@rmbi.org.uk and someone will respond.

Unfortunately, there is restricted access in the Homes, to ensure the health and safety of our residents in the current climate; however all our Homes are available to carry out virtual tours through video calls and can provide supportive imagery as necessary.

The RMBI Care Co. Head Office in London is currently closed with staff focused on ensuring the health and safety of the residents and staff in our care homes.


Help from other sources

 

Government and health

Symptom tracker

Record your symptoms or find out how much COVID-19 is in your area

Government guidance

For the latest guidance on coronavirus visit the NHS website

 

Mental health

Mind

Mind, the mental health charity, has produced a range of information and resources coronavirus and your wellbeing.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK has produced a support page about dealing with anxiety during these difficult times.

 

Work

Government guidance for employees

The UK government website has coronavirus guidance for employees.  This information includes details of Statutory Sick Pay and other things your employer may be able to do to help.

Government guidance for self-employed

The UK government website has coronavirus guidance for those who are self-employed. It includes information on eligibility and how to apply for a grant.

 

Benefits

Government guidance for benefits

The UK government website has information about coronavirus and claiming benefits.  It includes guidance on Universal Credit, as well as information on changes to Job Centre appointments and assessments for health and disability-related benefits.

 

Internet safety

Get Safe Online

Advice on how to protect yourself, your family, finances, devices and organisation from fraudulent online activity.

 

For older people

Age UK

Age UK have launched an online hub with information about:

  • Coronavirus
  • Staying safe and well at home
  • Looking after others
  • How to help older people in your community

 

For children

Home-Start

Home-Start have created a list of some of the best practical ideas for activities and resources for you to do with your children if you’re at home because of coronavirus.

Scouts

Scouts have also pulled together a selection of indoor activity ideas.


Grants to charities


Teddies for Loving Care

TLC is still operating and continues to supply participating hospitals with teddy bears for distressed children. If you have any queries please get in touch:

tlc@mcf.org.uk


Relief Chest Scheme

The Relief Chest team will continue to provide support to Relief Chest users as efficiently as possible. Please send all correspondences including donation forms, cheques, vouchers, applications change of rep forms to the MCF office.

If you have any queries please contact us:

 020 3146 3341
reliefchest@mcf.org.uk


How can I help?

If you are a Freemason and want to help with the response to coronavirus, we recommend that you contact your Provincial Office to ask about local initiatives that are being set-up.

UGLE is asking Freemasons to consider becoming an NHS Volunteer.

Alternatively, your local council may be able to assist.  Many local authorities are setting up services to support local communities, such as arranging telephone contact with older and vulnerable people.

Please do continue to check the UGLE and MCF websites as we continue to look at ways we can support people during this time and details will appear as they become available.

Further updates will be posted on this website regularly as well as on our Twitter and Facebook pages and e-newsletter.

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