Manchester Masons Charity Stewards Workshop secures grants for two Manchester Charities.
One of the activities at the recent Charity Stewards Workshop was a round table discussion with two local charities, if during the discussion there was a need, an application would be made to the ELMC to fund a project for each.
A Triple award for St Ann’s Hospice
St Ann’s Hospice was founded in 1971 and has been caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones ever since and are very proud to be the oldest and largest adult hospice outside of London.
Their three sites – the Neil Cliffe Centre, St Ann’s Hospice Heald Green and St Ann’s Hospice Little Hulton – provide a complete range of care for both patients and their families. This care is based on the simple idea that a person who has a life-limiting illness or is dying – is, still very much a living person, with unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
An application was made to the ELMC to fund new beds for hospice patients, and at the October meeting of the Grant Making Committee is was agreed to fund one bed at a cost of £1250.
Pictured is Geoff Worsley of Ashbury Lodge presenting a cheque to Clare Henderson, of St Ann’s Hospice. Geoff was one of the Manchester Masons who put together the application at the Workshop.
The ELMC has also made an application, to the Masonic Charity Foundation, on behalf of St Ann’s Hospice to fund a second bed.
At the recent presentation of the cheque, representatives of Manchester Masons were shown the facilities and learnt about the future plans for the Hospice.
Pictured are Clare Henderson and Anne-Marie Wynne of St Ann’s Hospice and District Chairman Chris Wildman, District Charity Stewards Tony Stephenson and Stephen Thomson and Geoff Worsley of Ashbury Lodge.
The Hospice also received funding earlier in the year when Elliot Moss of Arkscroll Lodge became aware that the hospice required a new plumbed-in hand wash facility to replace the visitors’ gel hand dispenser in the reception area. His successful application to the ELMC saw a grant of £1400 to fund the installation. During the summer the contractors completed the work.
Pictured are District Charity Steward Tony Stephenson, Anne-Marie Wynne of St. Ann’s Hospice, District Charity Steward Stephen Thomson, Elliot Moss of Arkscroll Lodge, District Chairman Christopher Prax and Clare Henderson of St. Ann’s Hospice at the cheque presentation last May.
Pictured are District Charity Stewards Stephen Thomson and Tony Stephenson with the installed hand wash.
New Kitchen for Moodswing’s Community Café
Moodswings was founded in 1999. The charity deals with all elements of mental health problems within the community from depression through bi-polar to psychosis.
The aim of the charity is to help people recover from mood problems and the severe emotional distress that this can cause. This effects of this on employment, relationships and family life can be devastating. The charity believes that people can recover from mood problems and move on to lead a happier fuller life.
It goes about its work by attempting to provide what clients want in the way that they want it rather than employing strict rules as to how the clients have to access the charity. It is about trying to get the clients better rather than, as in many cases, teaching them to cope with their problems.
The charity operates anxiety management classes, self-esteem workshops and sleep management classes to name but a few things. They also run activities such as craft workshops, a choir and walking groups amongst other things to help give the clients a sense of community, in a city centre where the community is different and difficult to access without money.
Moodswings is in the process of opening a community café at their premises to encourage people to attend in a less formal manner without joining one of the groups straight away and again give people a sense of community.
The Charity stewards were hugely impressed by Moodswings and the amazing work they do supporting hundreds of people. The café would make a massive difference and enable them to engage and help even more people in mental distress.
An application was made to the ELMC for kitchen equipment and a grant of £1005 was duly approved.
Pictured is the new café kitchen at the launch of the Thumbs Up Community Café at Moodswings on 3rd December.
The Moodswings team behind the servery in their branded aprons.
A cartoon by cartoonist Tony Husband, hanging on the wall of the café.