No5 Young People, a charity based in Reading is receiving a donation of £4,000 to support its activities from Berkshire Masons. This is one of six grants, totalling near to £60,000, to Berkshire based charities that Berkshire Freemasons are giving as part of their 300th Anniversary celebrations.
No5 Young People provides early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances to children young people and their families throughout the Reading area.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000. The £3million fund is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends.
Robin Kent, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire Freemasons, visited the charity on Thursday to present the award to Alyson Brickley, Operations Director of No5 Young People. Robin praised the charity for the invaluable help they provide the community, and has been doing so for over 35 years.
Alyson thanked The Berkshire Masons for the grant and said: “It is donations like this that enable us to deliver the services we do. We could not do it without help like this.”
Hayley Chapman, Social media and Outreach Coordinator of No5 Young People said: “the £4,000 from Berkshire Masons will be used to train the Young Ambassadors in presentation skills and ‘Speak Up and Speak Out’ training so that they can deliver talks, workshops and events directly to their peers. As a result this grant will help to develop the Young Ambassadors over a number of years.”
Martin Peters, Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire Freemasons said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping excellent local charities like No5 Young People We’ve been active in charity work for all that time but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money. We are very pleased that so many people from Berkshire took part in the vote.”