Our resident Almoner answers your questions about the support we provide.
I am currently in need, but I have heard that the help I require is not provided by the MCF. Should I still contact the MCF?
Yes – The MCF Enquiries team will discuss your situation with you to determine whether the information that you have been given is correct. If they cannot provide direct support, they will try to offer suggestions and signposting to alternative sources of assistance from the wider masonic community, or other organisations.
I have been a Freemason for many years and have always paid my lodge subscription. Does this mean that I will automatically be eligible for support from the MCF?
No – All support is subject to an assessment of your household finances and requires a visit to your home by a representative of the MCF to complete an application form and gather supporting documents.
I’m facing a long wait to get an NHS assessment for my health condition. Can the MCF help?
Yes – The MCF can help you to obtain an initial consultation with an NHS specialist in situations where you face a long wait. If you are unhappy with the NHS treatment or diagnosis that you have already received, you should contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at your local hospital in England, or the Community Health Council in Wales. Alternatively, speak to the practice manager at your local surgery.