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Surrey Freemasons give £18,000 grant to support local carers

CROSSROADS CARE SURREY has been generously awarded a grant of £18,000 from the MCF, The Freemasons’ Charity, with funds raised by Surrey Freemasons locally.

The much-needed funds will support the charity’s community volunteer befriending and outreach support programme. The project was set up last year to support carers and those most vulnerable living alone during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project aims to support carers, taking them on a journey towards building new friendships and connections within their own community. New volunteers will support carers by making befriending calls, taking new friendships towards e-befriending support, learning to meet and connect virtually so people can learn to join community groups and activities online as well as learning to do essential shopping and banking.

For those who cannot get out because they are shielding, or caring full-time, volunteer heroes will also help within the community support by picking up food shopping and helping with prescription medication collection.

The grant is part of a £2million fund to support charities across the UK to meet the needs of vulnerable women and children, those that require mental health support and of course those providing care.

Paul Crockett from Surrey Freemasonry said: “The opportunity to support organisations like Crossroads Care is hugely important to Surrey Freemasons. The community volunteer befriending and outreach programme is a project that will resonate with our members, many of whom volunteer in their local communities themselves. We are proud that our efforts to raise funds are making a difference.

Terry Hawkins, CEO of Crossroads Care Surrey said: “We are truly grateful to Surrey Freemasons for the incredible work they do at a local level, raising vital funds to support the needs of those most vulnerable, including unpaid carers who are a ‘hidden group’ of unsung heroes who take care of their loved ones round-the-clock. These funds will support our on-going work to recruit an army of volunteers who help local carers to access services that complement existing respite care in the home and community in Surrey. This is the second grant we have received from Surrey Freemasons in recent years. They also support our caring families who have children with care needs to access respite breaks.”

“The opportunity to support organisations like Crossroads Care is hugely important to Surrey Freemasons.  The community volunteer befriending and outreach programme is a project that will resonate with our members, many of whom volunteer in their local communities themselves.  We are proud that our efforts to raise funds are making a difference.”   Paul Crockett, Surrey Freemasons

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