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…Read More
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
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 two days 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.