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I’m a Leicestershire lad, born and bred, and worked for many years as a member of the British Standards Institution. My wife worked in Loughborough for an insurance company and we soon became friends with her boss, who was a Loughborough freemason. He spotted something in me and thought, ‘David would make a good freemason!’

 

I’ve recently become Provincial Grand Almoner and it’ll be my duty to look after the Visiting Volunteers that operate in Leicestershire. So far we have four of them, including a lady mason.

 

The Visiting Volunteer programme trains people to visit those who may need MCF support and ensures complete applications forms are returned, making it as easy as possible to receive a grant which will help them back onto their feet.

 

I need to understand what is required of Visiting Volunteers and in order to do that, I need to carry out the role myself. You need a lot of empathy for people; when you visit someone at home, they need feel confident in sharing some of their personal issues with you, which helps you understand their situation better. What I really enjoy is engaging with people, and particularly once they’ve opened up to me, for them to feel that I’ve been there to support and help at a time of personal struggle.

David, Loughborough

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Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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Dogs for Good

Studies show that dogs have a profoundly positive effect on children with autism and can help the child to develop skills that increase independence and quality of life. The PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) project help parents of children with autism find (if they don’t already have a dog) and train a dog to…

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