Our resident Almoner answers your questions.
But first and foremost, what is an Almoner? An Almoner is an officer within a masonic lodge responsible for the wellbeing of lodge members and their families. He remains in contact with members who need support and keeps in touch with the widowed partners of former members so that the lodge, Province or the MCF can provide help if they need it.
I am about to be evicted. Can the MCF help with the cost of setting up a new home?
Yes – We can potentially assist with one month’s rent in advance and a security deposit for a new rental property. The cost will be assessed against local market averages and the property should be affordable in the longer term for you.
If I need legal advice, can the MCF provide any advice or funding?
No – But we will signpost you to your nearest statutory or voluntary organisation that may be able to offer a free legal consultation.
I suffer with arthritis and am unable to climb my stairs. Can you help with funding for a stairlift?
Yes – We can consider funding for a stairlift; however, you should first approach your local authority for an Occupational Therapist (OT) assessment. The OT’s report will form part of your application to the MCF.