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Local charity improving mental health of young people receives expert advice through Cranfield Trust and Durham Freemasons partnership

A Durham-based charity, which supports thousands of young people with their mental health and wellbeing, has benefitted from essential business strategy support through a unique partnership between Cranfield Trust and Durham Freemasons, helping the charity to be more sustainable in the future.

Building Self Belief aims to build stronger communities by building self-belief in vulnerable young people. The charity runs programmes that improve self-confidence, self-esteem and enhance the social skills of young people in deprived areas across the North East. Through its work it has significantly improved the mental health, self-esteem, and life chances of thousands of local vulnerable young people. The charity sought support to develop a new business plan and expand the services it could offer.

The charity was matched with a local Cranfield Trust volunteer consultant and mentor with a broad experience in business planning and strategic business management. The free consultancy support has provided Building Self Belief with a clear plan for the future, setting out a roadmap of the goals they want to achieve and how they will achieve them. This will assist the charity in generating more income, to expand their staff team and as a result, the services they can offer.

Local Freemasons, Paul Quinn and Duncan Maw have visited Building Self Belief to present them with a certificate to celebrate the partnership and the expertise and support it has provided to help the charity and ultimately the young people it supports.

The Freemasons are giving £228,000 to Cranfield Trust to provide critical management support to 60 local welfare charities and organisations across the country over the next two years. Support includes free and tailored consultancy and individual mentoring, as well as supporting thousands more through learning activities and resources.

The grant from Durham Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

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Duncan Maw, Shauna Nixon (BSB), Christine Thomas (BSB), Claudia Venosa-Hepworth (Cranfield), Paul Quinn, Ella Ashburn (BSB), Peter Thomas (BSB)

Paul Quinn from Durham Freemasons, said:

“Building Self Belief is an excellent charity that does hugely important work helping young people with their mental health and thanks to the Cranfield Trust they’ve a clear plan for the future that will help them to do their work more effectively. The partnership between the Freemasons and the Trust has made a great charity even better.”

Christine Thomas, CEO, Building Self Belief CIO said:

“I’ve been very impressed with our volunteer and his support of us as a charity. I do feel we have made a great deal of progress, having had his feedback and support in the process. I would like to thank our volunteer for sharing his expertise with us and Cranfield Trust and Durham Freemasons for providing this support that’s given us a clear plan for the future and practical steps to introduce new services and increase our income.”

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Amanda Tincknell CBE, Cranfield Trust CEO said,

“We’re extremely grateful to Durham Freemasons for helping us to support charities like Building Self Belief, which are providing essential social welfare services to the local people and communities who need them at this most challenging time. This generous grant will enable the Cranfield Trust to link our highly skilled volunteers with frontline welfare charities across the country to provide tailored consultancy and mentoring services, that help develop strong, effective and resilient charities.”

About Cranfield Trust:

Cranfield Trust is the leading national provider of pro bono management support to UK welfare charities. Through 1,400 high-skilled professional volunteers, largely from the commercial sector, the Trust provides free management support and capacity-building services to registered charities and not for profit organisations that address human welfare issues such as poverty, disability and social exclusion. 07534419622

About the Masonic Charitable Foundation:

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total,

MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Freemasons and their families with a financial, health or family need. Visit

For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact Guy Roberts, Press Officer ( |0203 146 3311)

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