Posted on 26/08/2021

A BIG THANK you to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for kindly supporting Mentor Link with grant funding. More vulnerable children and young people across the West Midlands will be given access to a trained volunteer role model, following a grant of £5,000 from Worcestershire Freemasons to the charity.

When the head of Worcestershire Freemasons, Robert Vaughan, visited Mentor Link, he met Marissa, who was herself supported by Mentor Link when she was in high school. At the time she was a young carer for her six siblings following her parents’ separation. She was referred to the charity to help her cope with the demands of home and school life. She became a mentor herself in 2017, wanting to give something back. She is now settled down and the proud mum of two children herself.

Part of the money from Worcestershire Freemasons will help train more people like Marissa to become mentors to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the West Midlands.
The grant from Worcestershire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families, and friends, from across England and Wales.

Robert Vaughan writes, “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Mentor Link with their excellent project to give vulnerable children an adult role model. It’s a tried and tested way to help them improve their behaviour and self-confidence, not to mention their performance in the classroom. Children only get one chance at getting an education and Mentor Link’s work can transform their life chances.

If you would like to support Mentor Link and help more vulnerable and distressed children, please contact Lucy.Blackford@mentorlink.org.uk

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