Service is one of the four guiding principles of Freemasonry and here in the Province of Durham we take great pride and satisfaction with the multiple charitable initiatives we are involved with.
Our very own Durham Benevolence, a registered charity with assets of over £8M, operates two flagship residential housing properties. While the Benevolent Committee, made up of a representative from every Lodge meets four times a year, agreeing local community support grants and charitable donations equalling hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years.
Our Tender Loving Care (TLC) Teddies scheme was launched in 2005 and provides special Teddy Bears to all the Accident & Emergency Units and Child Hospices within our Province. These bears are used by the nursing staff to distract a child in their moment of need, giving them a friend and someone to hug allowing the medical staff to carry out their urgent work.
Our Masonic Fishing Charity takes under privileged, special needs or disabled Children from local schools on fishing trips. Although a simple concept, these children arrive very withdrawn and nervous and always leave with beaming smiles.
Last but certainly not least, we have The Masonic Charitable Foundation which is our National Charity. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, The MCF is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
Along with other fantastic charitable initiates happening all over our Province we, as Freemasons feel privileged to be able to give back to communities and it is this overwhelming sense of pride that keeps us striving to achieve more.
Volunteering Is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others. It can be a rewarding experience that can help you meet new people, learn new skills, and develop your sense of purpose. Volunteering doesn’t have to be a big commitment. You can volunteer for a few hours each week or even just once a month. Every little bit helps!
If you’re thinking about volunteering, here are a few things to keep in mind: Find a cause that you’re passionate about. If you’re thinking about volunteering,
there are a few things to keep in mind:
Helping others: Volunteering is a great way to help others in need. It can give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction knowing that you’re making a difference in someone’s life.
Learning new skills: Volunteering can be a great way to learn new skills. You may be able to use these skills in your career or in your personal life.
Meeting new people: Volunteering is a great way to meet new people who share your interests. You may make new friends or even find a mentor.
Giving back to your community: Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. It’s a way to show your appreciation for the place you live and the people who live there.
We are actively enrolled in King Charles marvelous initiative “THE BIG HELP OUT”. We also have a list of over 50 groups or charities in Durham Province who are looking for volunteers.
We have our own charity and opportunities within the province such as the helping with the Masonic Fishing Charity, Masonic Cycling Club and our Durham Park Runs who always will welcome your assistance. Please contact:
Malcolm.email@example.com and we can assist you in your chosen direction.