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Castletown the “Place2Be”


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The Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, accompanied by Andrew Thompson (Charity) and Paul O’Doherty (Comms) made a visit to Castletown Primary School to see the involvement of “Place2Be” and the impact on its staff and pupils. The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is supporting Place2Be with a grant of £60,000.00 over 3 years in its partner schools across the North East.


Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity established in 1994 providing in-school support for children, their teachers and their families, with special focus on supporting the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people during the crucial and formative years of their lives.


The Head Teacher, Joan Lumsdon, gave a brief history of the school which has 394 pupils ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old, and the involvement of Place2Be in its day to day running and followed this with a full tour of the school. The highlight was undoubtedly meeting the children in the school library where the benefits of having a dedicated room for use by Place2Be and which Karen Roe, a trained School Project Manager, occupies 2 days a week to give counselling to any child that feel the need for whatever reason. The feedback from the children was 100% positive, with many having used the facility and none feeling any stigma attached to openly using it when needed.


Natalie Johnson, the Service Manager for the North East of England for Place2Be expressed her gratitude to the freemasons of Durham for their massive contribution to the charity and thereby enabling them to continue with this very rewarding project.


A most rewarding visit seeing the MCF donation being put to great use, assisting young children in improving their lives.

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