Skip to main content

What is a Visiting Volunteer?

Visiting Volunteers (VVs) are members of the masonic community who volunteer on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to help freemasons and their families complete an application for an MCF grant.

VVs are integral to the application process because applications can ONLY be accepted if they have been completed during a visit by either a registered VV or a member of the Advice and Support Team.

Today there are approximately 450 VVs operating across England and Wales.


Becoming a Visiting Volunteer

Each VV must agree to the volunteer agreement and read the role description and FAQ documents before applying for the role.

The application form asks for information about their suitability, relevant experience and abilities as well as details of two independent referees.  VVs must also supply copies of their driving documents so that the MCF is assured that vehicles are being used legally.

Once through the vetting stage, volunteers will attend VV induction training which supplies the information and understanding necessary to act on behalf of the MCF – induction training lasts 1 day and takes place in Freemasons’ Hall, London. Once VV induction is complete a VV must also sign a declaration that they understand and will work within the MCF’s VV Policies and Procedures.

As VVs operate on behalf of the MCF they can claim back certain out-of-pocket expenses for carrying out visits on MCF business.

If you’re interested in becoming a VV you should initially register your interest with your Provincial Grand Almoner who will give you an idea of the necessary time commitment and workload within your Province.

Essential information



Developing the Visiting Volunteer programme

Prior to the introduction of the VV programme, many people found the application process to be confusing and time consuming – resulting in application forms that were improperly completed or missing key information.


In 2016 a new approach was piloted, which saw trained volunteers across England and Wales visit applicants at home to make sure the necessary information was collected to complete applications. The pilot involved seven provinces – Durham, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lancashire East and West, Wales South and Wiltshire – and proved very successful, with beneficiaries receiving a more efficient service and faster provision of support.

A full report reviewing the results along with the full endorsement of those provinces was submitted to the trustees of the MCF. In January 2017 the president of the MCF wrote to all provincial grand masters informing them that this change to the application process was to be implemented across the provinces.

Roll out

This started the process of rolling out the new system to the remaining 40 provinces and Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London. Managed centrally by the MCF – in close partnership with provincial grand almoners –volunteers were identified and approached to become VVs.

As each province went live with its new team of VVs, its Lodges were notified of the change to the application process. This work was finally completed in December of 2018.

Our Impact

Eileen’s story

“I found out that David had progressive lung cancer and six weeks later he passed away. It was a really traumatic time for our family, as one of my sons was starting a new job in Germany and couldn’t get back in time to say goodbye. It was devastating for everyone.” David died only 18…

Read More

Geoff’s story: advice and support when you most need it

Geoff’s story “I’ve had a disastrous three years. My wife, Carol, had lung cancer and a bad stroke which was the beginning of a lot of trauma for us. Shortly after, we lost both our sons to illness and our daughter died suddenly in her sleep. She went to bed one night and didn’t wake…

Read More

Roy’s family

  When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings. With two extra mouths to feed, the electricity bills and the cost…

Read More

Home is where the heart is

For many couples, the prospect of moving into a care home in later life can be emotional after years of married-life under one roof. Our RMBI care homes have provided residency to 39 couples since 2017, who have all chosen to make the transition into a care home, together. Our Marketing Manager, Rachel, met with…

Read More