DAISY CHAIN GIVES THANKS TO DURHAM FREEMASONS
90 autistic people, who have had severe long-term mental health effects during lockdown will be receiving help from new counselling support and wellbeing services, thanks to a grant of £57,000 to Daisy Chain from Durham Freemasons.
The new wellbeing service offers autistic young people and adults across the Tees Valley free access to in-person wellbeing support and professional counselling services.
Although autism is not a mental health condition, people on the autistic spectrum are more vulnerable to mental health problems. Research indicates that 70 per cent of children with autism develop mental health problems, 40 per cent suffer with anxiety and 30 per cent with depression.
The wellbeing service has been introduced to help autistic young people and adults to develop resilience and coping strategies during stressful and challenging situations.
It will also support neurodiverse people in developing a positive outlook on life as well as promoting confidence and self-worth.
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.
Lynnette Taylor, adult and children’s wellbeing lead at Daisy Chain, said:
“I’m very grateful to Durham Freemasons for their generous grant. Offering a safe space for autistic young people and adults, and enabling access to counselling and wellbeing support has never been more vital. Autistic young people, adults and their families have seen a significant decrease in critical services available to them during the pandemic, which has inevitably increased the request for our wellbeing services.”
One of the service users who has accessed Daisy Chain’s wellbeing service, Quinn Cole, age 17, has shared his experiences: “Picture this – a butterfly trapped in a cage full of thoughts for two weeks, to be released for an hour, free and happy, with no worries and not a care in the world. That is what the wellbeing service feels like to me.”
Gordon Brewis from Durham Freemasons, said:
“Lockdown has been difficult for everyone, but especially for autistic people. I’m delighted that Daisy Chain’s excellent service will be available for those with mental health problems. It’s a great start to the post-lockdown period.”
For further information on Daisy Chain’s wellbeing service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service provider Lynnette, alongside 17 year old Quinn Cole, service and Gordon Brewis Durham Freemasons at Daisy Chain Stockton
Link below to a short thank you from Lynnette:-
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”