Lifelites in Northumberland Province
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Brethren,

13 years ago, at the request of the late RW Bro.George Usher, I undertook to be the Northumberland representative of the ‘Lifelites’ project. This began as the Millennium project of the RMTGB and was administered from Great Queen Street. Although still based there it has for some few years been an independently registered charity.

The aim of the charity has always been to provide the latest state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment (computers and peripherals, games, cameras etc.) to children with limited lives in Hospices.  In Northumberland Lifelites installed equipment and supported the staff at St.Oswalds Childrens’ Hospice in Gosforth and the (now closed) Rainbow Trust home at Hexham.

Please see the Lifelites website www.lifelites.org if you wish to find out more.

Due to limited staff resources at Lifelites it is no longer possible for them to send staff to numerous sites throughout the country in order to train/re-train hospice staff whenever equipment is updated.

Regrettably, due to other commitments, I am no longer able to continue in my Provincial role for Lifelites and the charity needs a Brother who is prepared to take on that task.

An in-depth technological knowledge is no longer required but it is necessary to have a basic knowledge of using computers to store and show images, audio and video. It will be necessary to show staff how to use the camera equipment and software.

Lifelites is developing a training package which will enable Masonic volunteers, once or twice a year, to cascade to Hospice staff – linking the equipment with the clinical requirements of the children at the hospice. This is not ‘IT’ training but more about how the equipment can be used for children with disabilities. Additionally it may be necessary to give the occasional short talk to Lodge meetings explaining the work of Lifelites nationally and locally.

This has been a highly rewarding Masonic role over the last 13 years and I know that anyone taking on this responsibility will gain much from it. It is a very small commitment which has surprising results for all involved.

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in taking on this responsibility please contact Provincial Office and I will help as much as possible.

NB.  It may be necessary for applicants to be DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service – formerly ‘CRB’) checked if required by the Hospice.


MIKE LOUIS JP, PJGD   5 July 2013

 

United Grand Lodge of England