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WELFARE & WELLBEING

Mental Wellbeing

Since lockdown began and as restrictions on daily lives slowly ease, many of us, or our friends and members of our families, may struggle to maintain good mental wellbeing. It is anticipated by professionals that the coming months will see a significant increase in people needing emotional support.  Common concerns include relationships, bereavement, health anxiety, finances and furlough. 

Did you know that freemasons and their family members who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other conditions affecting their mental health have access to free counselling?  The Counselling Careline is a confidential support service operated by professional counsellors.  Support is delivered over the telephone or via secure video link.  To access the service, call the Masonic Charitable Foundation on 0800 035 60 90.  You will be asked to provide a few details to confirm eligibility after which you can contact the service the same day.“

The MCF has also created a short video about the service which you can view here:

 

Is a Life Changing Event Causing Financial Concerns,  Stress, Anxiety, Worries about Children’s Education, or Feeling of Loneliness?

The Masonic Charitable Foundation could support you and your dependents!

 

If you’ve found yourself with an unexpected loss of income – whether you’re self-employed, an employee, or are simply struggling to collect your pension –  The MCF can provide support to cover daily living costs as well as emergency one-off grants.

Click here for more information: https://mcf.org.uk/coronavirus/

 

Has your mental health been affected by social distancing, isolation, or stress? The MCF can provide access to a free and confidential 24-hour counselling service, with trained professionals on hand to listen and give professional guidance.

Click here for more information: https://mcf.org.uk/coronavirus/

 

Has a reduced household income meant your child or grandchild is struggling to stay in education, or is jeopardising their chance of furthering their education in the future? The MCF can provide support to keep them in education or on a vocational course.

Click here for more information: https://mcf.org.uk/coronavirus/

 

Do you need MCF help? Email: help@mcf.org.uk or Phone: 0800 035 60 90

 

Are you struggling in other ways due to COVID-19  or Life’s Challenges? Don’t struggle alone, contact your Lodge Almoner, he’s there to help or find a Brother who can help.

 

Be Prepared – Make sure your Lodge Almoners and some Friendly Freemasons’ Numbers are close at hand.

Keep in Contact – Just Like Jim

The MCF team have reported many of the people they are in contact with are experiencing feelings of loneliness. Even those who do not live alone are adjusting to a new environment and are missing their usual social interactions.

The United Grand Lodge of England has created a short animation that reminds all of us to make contact with friends and colleagues. 

Please share the video with others, the link is https://mcf.org.uk/call-a-mate-animation-ugle-2/ to remind them of the importance of keeping in contact at this difficult time.

Top Tips on how to deal with Isolation

Bro. Dennis Crommentuijn has shared with us “Top Tips on how to deal with Isolation for the over 70’s”  which has good practical tips for us all as we enter another three weeks of lockdown. It has been amalgamated by his friend Dr Kimberlie Garde. It is also available on  www.readaholics.co.uk and can be shared to help anyone with elderly relatives, friends, colleagues, and neighbours. It is an easy read and includes:

How should I set up a routine?  What activities can I plan!? Specific Outside Activities and Specific Inside Activities:  How to stay positive - a diary can really help here! If isolation does start to affect mental well being there are a couple of sections on that too.

Better Lives

Better Lives – Special Edition in response to COVID-19

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The MCF have published a special edition of Better Lives, their bi-annual magazine, as part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic, which is available on the Welfare and Wellbeing page.

It provides information, reassurance and some light entertainment to readers. Included is a breakdown of support they can provide in response to situations many will be facing, summary of support from charity partners Age UK and Home-Start, suggestions to stay busy and happy at home, a bumper edition of puzzles for prizes.

 

In a letter to Almoners,  David Innes, Chief Executive reassures Freemasons and their families, and the Almoners, that the MCF are working harder than ever to support those who need them. They have put in place the resources and processes necessary to maintain their support for those who we currently help. Confirmed grants to individuals and charities will continue to be paid as normal.

However, despite these measures, their response to telephone, post and email enquiries may take longer than usual.

 

The MCF  will continue to monitor official guidance and their ability to deliver core services, adapting working practices as necessary. Their aim is to return to normal operations as soon as possible. For their most up-to-date response and information, please visit our dedicated webpage: mcf.org.uk/coronavirus

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