West Riding Masonic Charities Limited is the designated charity of the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. It is a charity and company limited by guarantee, deriving all its funds from the voluntary contributions of Freemasons and their families within the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
Makes emergency grants to qualifying Freemasons their family and dependents.
Provides Birthday and Christmas gifts to West Riding Beneficiaries.
Works closely with the Provincial Almoner structure to provide the most appropriate assistance to those in need.
Responds rapidly to provide emergency assistance for local disasters.
Our Care and Support Officers are available to provide assistance, advice and guidance to beneficiaries, clients and Lodge Almoners to maximise their support network.
WRMCL also supports Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) The Provincial Grand Master's Fund (PGM's Fund)
TEDDIES FOR LOVING CARE (TLC)
TLC is a National Masonic initiative aimed at comforting children in distress when visiting the Accident and Emergency department or Trauma centre of a hospital.
The scheme in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding is supported and funded by WRMCL and the Freemasons of the Province.
The scheme, launched in December 2008, was initially introduced at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and then rolled out to hospitals across the Province.
We now supply 19 children’s A & E departments and Trauma centres throughout Yorkshire, West Riding. At the discretion of the nursing staff, a teddy is given to a child, assisting staff to relax and reassure that child in what for them is a very frightening and unfamiliar environment. This calmer state enables nursing staff to make a quicker diagnosis and administer treatment.
Children take the Teddy home (complete with sticking plaster, plaster cast or injections!)
We regularly receive letters of thanks from parents, grandparents and nursing staff on how a TLC Teddy has helped calm a traumatised child.
‘Teddies for Loving Care’ has been an outstanding Masonic success, with more than 100,000 teddies already distributed throughout Yorkshire, West Riding and over two million Nationally.
THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER'S FUND
The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund - Reaching out into our communities
The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund was created in 1987 to enable West Riding Masonic Charities Limited to make grants to non-masonic community organisations and charitable institutions in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. Local Freemasons can choose, by ballot, to sponsor a suitable project for a registered charity or other worthy causes within their community. There are two types of grants available:
Major Grants are considered in March and awarded in May annually. The grant aims to make a significant difference to the organisation and its project. While there is an opportunity to provide a single grant of £100,000 each year, it is more usual to see the total sum shared by a small number of applicants.
Minor Grants can be applied for throughout the year and will be considered at the PGM’s quarterly Fund meetings.
Since its formation, the Fund has made more than 3300 Minor Grants and 64 Major Grants with a value more than £3,670,000
Applications for grants from the PGM's fund should be submitted to the Fund Administrator. For further information, please click the info button below.
“COMMUNITY HELP OFFERING INDEPENDENT CARE & EFFECTIVE SUPPORT”
We are committed to providing assistance and support whenever a West Riding Freemason, his family or dependants are …
in financial distress
have an urgent need
or have other immediate and pressing requirements.
C.H.O.I.C.E.S also aims to assist those in need by …
Providing Care and Support Officer home visits.
Providing urgent minor repairs, adaptations and general maintenance through an approved Home Improvement Agency (HIA).
Assisting with short-term respite and convalescent care.
Providing short-term help and support with health and social care needs, i.e. transport costs to appointments and assistance with specialist equipment etc.
WRMCL Care & Support Officers are always available to provide advice to maximise a Clients support network. They provide an invaluable service giving much-needed help, support and comfort to many in their own homes.
How does it work?
Each CHOICES application will be considered on its own individual merits. Our ability to provide fast support and assistance is extensive and wide-ranging.
Never assume we cannot help.
We aim to deliver help, relief and financial support to any distressed and vulnerable West Riding Freemason, his family and dependents in times of hardship and distress.
What has CHOICES Achieved so far?
Since its launch in 2015 CHOICES has assisted Clients by providing, emergency financial assistance, bathroom conversions, visual aids, medical equipment, mobility aids, respite and convalescent care, access ramps, specialist furniture, heating systems and white goods such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, and so much more.
Generally, support is available to those shown below who are in need of help. This list should be considered as a general indication and is not exhaustive. If you are unsure, please approach your Lodge Almoner or call the Free Confidential Help Line.
Freemasons of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding Wives, partners, widows, family and other dependants of West Riding Freemasons.
A ‘partner’ is defined as someone who is living with a Freemason ‘as if married’ or was doing so at the time of his death. This applies equally to same-sex partnerships.
A ‘dependant’ is someone who is physically or financially dependent on a Freemason. There are no age limits and no qualifying period of membership.
How do I get help?
The first point of contact is usually your Lodge Almoner, who is supported by the Provincial Almoner and his team of Assistant Almoners. However, if confidentiality is a concern, help can also be sought through the Free 24-hour Confidential Help Line or using our Confidential e-mail address. Call or email using the details listed below at any time, just leave your personal details, and a contact number and one of the Area Almoner team will contact you.
Assistance from the Care & Support Team should also be requested by the same method.
The CHOICES application process is straightforward and simple.
Please be assured that complete confidentiality for every enquiry is our primary concern.
Did you know our Care and Support Team now provide a telephone befriending service to assist with the alleviation of loneliness and social isolation? Ask your Lodge Almoner or call / email the confidential helplines for details