Essex Freemasons help support people over 60 who are isolated

Monday, 03 May 2021

The Halstead Day Centre has thanked Joshua Nunn Lodge, and Freemasons in general, for their continued support and generosity over the past few challenging months as it continues to drive on with its effort to provide independent living for people over 60 who are isolated

Joshua Nunn Lodge 2154 has donated £1500 to The Halstead Day Centre so far this year, including a £500 match funding from the Province of Essex. Braham Djidjelli and Jim Gage made the most recent donation on behalf of the members on 28th April, which was gratefully received by Centre Manager Veronica Harman. 

Many of the beneficiaries who receive assistance from the centre are completely unaware of what is happening in the outside world and are therefore finding it a very confusing and lonely time. 

The centre offers a friendly environment for people to socialise and be included in a range of low intensity services that reduce isolation and encourage activities that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being while maintaining a degree of independence in their own home for longer. Their services include transport, daily movement to music classes, shopping, bathing, board & card games, debates, speakers, bingo, craft and a two course lunch and beverages during the day.

During her thanks to Joshua Nunn, Veronica said: 'This is really, really kind of the Freemasons. The centre has not received any special financial support from the government during the pandemic and is working with a skeleton staff due to restrictions. Of our team of 8 staff and 30 volunteers, only 4 are allowed on site at any one time. This really helps and reminds us there are good local people out there.'

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