We have set out our goals and aspirations for the year ahead
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we will adapt our support for families, individuals and charities to ensure those most in need throughout the crisis get appropriate support in the most effective way possible. We will explore ways to extend our mental health support to children aged under the age of 17.
We want to train and support our staff and volunteers to use video conferencing, increase effectiveness and closer working across our activities and expand the use of secure electronic communications with Trustees and committee members. All necessary MCF staff, Visiting Volunteers and Trustees will have undertaken appropriate DBS checks and undergone training in equality and diversity.
We will develop a wellbeing strategy to help staff recognise the importance of self-care and help reduce stress in the workplace.
We will enhance our Charity Grants programme with a new matched-funding scheme whereby we work with Provinces to co-fund local projects, helping locally-raised charitable funds go even further. We will also provide additional grant funding to Provinces that are actively fundraising for the MCF through a festival appeal. This funding will be used to support local charities, allowing Provinces to demonstrate how some of the money raised for the MCF returns to their areas and supports local communities in need.
We will launch our new website providing relevant and up-to-date information about accessing the support we offer, as well as tools to support potential applicants, beneficiaries, volunteers and fundraisers. We will also acknowledge and commemorate those who have left us a legacy in their will.
We will develop new ways to donate online, for use in lodge meetings and community fundraising events. We will update our support tools and guidance for fundraisers, and deliver a Festival Forum event for all Provinces actively fundraising for the MCF. We will roll out a free will-writing service, availability to the masonic and non-masonic community.