Presentation of Mobile Treatment Centre to St John Norfolk

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Claire and I were collected by W.Bro Tinley our Charity Steward and taken to the St John HQ in Norwich. We were greeted warmly by the group Chairman and whisked away to be introduced to the Prior of England and the Islands, Admiral Lionel Jarvis. Then Claire and I were presented to Countess Romney, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk, County President and most importantly the St John Volunteers.

Speeches followed, the vehicle was presented, and dedicated by the Norfolk St John chaplain and received by the Prior. The sun refused to shine, but the welcome and smiles more than made up for that. Brethren, we should be proud that today we made a difference.

The PGM's presentation speech:

Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Admiral Jarvis, Prior of England and the Islands, Chairman; St John Norfolk, St John Volunteers, Ladies and Gentlemen

My telephone rang one morning and the coordinator of the Mark Benevolent Fund informed me that we in East Anglia were to receive three vehicles for St John, the first was to be here in Norfolk, followed by those in Suffolk and Cambridge. Would you just to pop up to Norwich and hand over the keys! How marvellous to be invited to take part in the history of our organisations and create lasting remembrances of this wonderful occasion.

The Mark Benevolent Fund is the charitable trust for Mark Masons, founded 150 years ago in June of this year and is well known for prompt and immediate action to alleviate need, at both national and local level.

Over the past century and a half it has aided countless thousands with comfort and support, always trying to find the best value for its limited resources. The Fund is not given to grandstanding gestures, rather practical support which will benefit the wider community in which we all live and work.

Over the past years we have given to a children's charity helping and supporting young carers, some as young as 2. Specialist machinery for prostate care, surgery and treatment, a lifeboat for the RNLI, 26 Blood bikes, Shelter Boxes for those devastated by hurricanes, Hospices both adult and children, and many other grants which provide the community with facilities to improve and help their daily lives, and now we are to donate 52 vehicles to St John Ambulance over the coming months

I believe that the association we have with the nation's leading first aid charity, is a perfect fit; to enable you to continue to ensure we are safe and secure you need modern, relevant and suitable equipment.

You already have a large local pool of trained, committed and enthusiastic volunteers, they need the right tools to excel in what they do. I very much hope that the mobile treatment centre you receive today from the Mark Masons of England and Wales will enable you to do just that; excel.

Your new vehicle has been dedicated to God’s service, St John Norfolk and the community which we serve. The St John Ambulance provides many with hope, a life line in daily living and immediate care when we need it the most, ensuring we all “stay safe”

Admiral Jarvis, Prior of England and the Islands, It is with a huge amount of pleasure that I present this treatment centre to St John Norfolk and ask that you accept from me the keys and take charge of it, that it may commence its work here in this county to the benefit of all.

 

EAMBA 2018 Major Grant to SSAFA

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The process of establishing where to allocate your donations is a rigorous one, many charities are considered and from those that satisfy all of our Association’s criteria a short list is drawn up. Further clarification and details are sought and a final choice is made.

The EAMBA 2018 Major Grants
have been awarded to the
SOLDIERS, SAILORS & AIRMEN FAMILY ASSOCIATION
“SSAFA”

 

Many of you will know that this is a charity offering lifelong support to all our armed services personnel and their families. Our Province has branches of SSAFA in the three counties and a Grant of £15000.00 has been awarded (see below). All SSAFA branches have a common theme in so far as they are all self governing in terms of their operating costs, their own priorities and a number of specified, dedicated programmes. It is worth noting that the Trustees of the EAMBA have “thought outside the box” in awarding this grant, as you will see indicated below.

Suffolk SSAFA - Grant £5000

Suffolk requested a grant which would enable them to provide all active case workers with a standard 3-in-1 printer, scanner, copier with an ink supply contract. This would enable them to meet the need to have a standard format for all documents, facilitate the transfer of authorised documents and papers between the individual and the branch secretary and to meet the new requirement under the regulations of the charity. This facility would hugely benefit the individual case worker, improve efficiency, simplify and speed up day to day capture of necessary data beneficiary.

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Cambridgeshire SSAFA - Grant £5000

Cambridgeshire highlighted the need to carry out mental health training for their volunteers. These problems are predicted to increase dramatically over the next few years, up to tenfold the current rate. Early recognition of a possible problem area saves time, effort and resources. Basic volunteer training by a recognised provider [NHS] would elevate not only these established concerns but be invaluable to individuals and their families. They also want to improve their IT capabilities. IT is used extensively within SSAFA with most volunteers using their own equipment, but a grant towards providing a “tablet” form of computer for use when “in the field” would be very useful. There are a number of forms to be completed and whilst the paperwork is diminishing a realistic approach would be to centralise it by use of a “tablet”.

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Norfolk SSAFA - Grant £5000

SSAFA identified a very real need in Norfolk to be more visible to the general public. This should not only prompt more donations but also have a desired effect in recruiting more volunteers for their considerable work load. A presence at the Norfolk Show - some 80,000 visitors would give maximum exposure to SSAFA, and the EAMBA. It is 100 years since the end of WW1 and will be a major part of the national awareness campaign. SSAFA has not had a  presence at the show for a number of years due to the costs involved. This grant would help to provide a marquee holding promotional material, manned by volunteer case workers highlighting the immense contribution to the local community.

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The EAMBA prides itself on early intervention and consequently the need is reduced by that method of approach. These submissions by the SSAFA branches will enable their work to be carried out more efficiently and effectively and impact directly on the service personnel and their families. I know we have a number of ex service men in our order and I am conscious that it would be a suitable salute to all who gave so much during the past 100 years. It is fitting for our organisation to recognise that a growing number of individuals who have served our country, and their families need support, require our help, we have in some measure given that help with these grants.

R.W.Bro Paul Anthony Norman
Provincial Grand Master

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