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I’ve been a freemason for almost 22 years – in fact I’m coming up to the anniversary next month. I’m retired now but I was an accountant by trade; accountant to lodge almoner isn’t the most natural step, but there you go!

 

About seven years ago our old almoner was going through some family issues. I looked after things on his behalf for a while but eventually he decided it was time to retire and I took over properly.

 

Ultimately, my job is all about looking after people’s welfare. I’m a point of contact between members and the MCF, but I also look out for the widowed partners of our brethren. I organise lunches and transport and make sure that they get Christmas presents and birthday cards. Really, I just try to make life as pleasant as possible.

 

There are quite a few elderly members so I think my main challenge is that there are lots of people who might be vulnerable to ill health or loneliness. When you’re dealing with serious situations like illness or bereavement, you’ve got to coach yourself to be able to deal with it without getting too upset, or it can really take its toll. I think my favourite thing about my role is helping someone who’s going through a tough time to smile again. When that happens, it lifts you up and helps you to keep going.

Frank, York

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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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