Stepping stones

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Funding schemes to help transform the lives of disadvantaged children

This year, the RMTGB has allocated £100,000 to its grant-making scheme, Stepping Stones. The scheme awards grants to non-masonic charities that are working to improve the lives and well-being of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in England and Wales.

Already, the Stepping Stones scheme has awarded £50,000 to three charities. One of these is the British Schools Exploring Society’s outreach programme, which enables those from deprived backgrounds to participate in life-changing expeditions.

Another is the Young Lives Foundation, which provides mentoring support to guide young people through times of distress, and finally Motability, which helps to enable disabled young people like Thomas (pictured) to become more independent.

Thomas is 11 and has cerebral palsy – he cannot walk unaided and uses a wheelchair. ‘Now that we have a car that takes Thomas’s electric wheelchair, I don’t know how I ever coped without one,’ Thomas’s mother explains. ‘Our car and adaptations have had the biggest positive impact on our ability to live our lives more easily than any kind of help we have had before.’

For further information about the RMTGB’s Stepping Stones scheme, together with details of the full range of support available, please visit

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