Following the successful launch of the Programme of Support for Young Carers in our Province on the 10th May 2017 the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro Paul Norman has asked that the Brethren should be made fully aware of the very special support the grant has enabled “Break” to implement.

The programme which has been agreed that will entail specific activities, spread over a period of six months, designed to cater for a wide range of needs. These include;

  • Young Carers group in schools
  • Drama therapy workshops
  • Mentors and Mentoring
  • Sibling’s residential outings
  • Individual therapeutic sessions

In total 101 Young People will be given the opportunity to access the programme and the benefits it provides. A report will be made by Break at the three and six month periods.

The Provincial Grand Master has indicated that the EAMBA donation will provide a section of our community with much needed support and it has been recognised that this group of young people, often overlooked, will benefit immensely.

The Brethren of the Mark Province of East Anglia should feel extremely proud of the enormous contribution they have made to ensure this programme can be implemented.

Trevor Tinley
Provincial Grand Charity Steward

EAMBA CHARITY COMMITTEE ANNUAL MEETING 12th April 2017: Secretary's Report

I present my annual report for the general meeting of East Anglian Mark Benevolent Association.

Once again despite notification of the deadline for grant applications being circulated the response from lodges has been, to say the least disappointing. I feel it is time to revisit the system.

At our 2016 annual meeting the trustees endorsed grants of a further £1000 towards the Sussex festival and £1000 to the Suffolk Provincial Grand Lodge festival. It was also agreed to help Age UK with assistance of up to £100 towards a Sara lift.

The trustees felt that one other application needed to be more specific as to how any money would be spent.

The PGM’s discretionary fund has proved it’s worth.

The use of gift aid envelopes continues to be worthwhile but there seems to be a drifting away from the importance of their use. We have ample stock available, with the new H.M.R.C. wording to enable us to comply with the new regulations. If your lodge charity steward needs further supplies please do not hesitate to contact myself or our provincial charity steward Trevor Tinley, contact details are in the year book.

Once again I thank my fellow trustees for their support and prompt action when dealing with urgent requests.

Richard Hawes, Secretary E.A.M.B.A.