Essex Freemasons have given nearly £52,000 to Chelmsford based charity Kids Inspire.

Essex Freemasons have given nearly £52,000 to Chelmsford based charity Kids Inspire. The money, donated via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons very own grant making charity, will pay for a specialist Creative Psychotherapist to support Kids Inspire deal with its most complex cases. In real terms means that over the next two years hundreds of children, young people and family members in all parts of Essex will benefit from the grant.

The charity, founded by its CEO Sue Bell, provides support to children and young people from all parts of Essex who are at an educational, social and/or economic disadvantage resulting from trauma or emerging mental health issues.

Rodney Bass OBE, Provincial Grand Master for Essex Freemasons commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to support a charity that does so much wonderful work in all parts of the County. This is the latest of many such grants from both the MCF and local Freemasons which now exceeds more than £1 million very year.”

“It is yet another example of the real difference that Essex Freemasons can make in the Community with its support for literally hundreds of good causes – organisations that represent the things that really matter to local people.”

Kids Inspire help children and young people displaying a wide range of different behaviours which can often be misinterpreted as being ‘naughty’, resulting in exclusion from class or school.  Such children often lack friendships and can be victims of bullying.  Despite the complex nature of their issues, these children frequently do not meet the high threshold which qualifies them for other support, particularly from statutory services.

Kids Inspire are currently experiencing high demand and an increased level of complexity in their cases, indicating that mental health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent in Essex made more difficult as access to other services in the area is becoming scarcer.

CEO Sue Bell commented: “Kids Inspire uses Creative Psychotherapists, which this grant will help fund, to work with these children, enabling them to express themselves through image and metaphor, using clinically proven techniques and a multidisciplinary approach.  Creative therapy techniques such as music, art, games, role play or stories allow children to explore their feelings in a safe way.” 

The root causes of their behaviours are identified and addressed, rather than simply treating the symptoms.  The Psychotherapist supports the children to develop coping mechanisms, enabling them to build and maintain their resilience after the support ends.  Each child develops awareness of their feelings, learning to self-regulate and improving their ability to make positive choices.”

All children and young people are referred to Kids Inspire by education providers, GPs and other statutory and voluntary agencies. In some cases further support for the siblings and adults in the child’s life is required to achieve the best outcomes for all concerned.  Parents struggling with social isolation or disadvantage will also be supported to reduce the impact on the child.

From left to right Paul Reeves, Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Essex Masons, Sue Bell, CEO of Kids Inspire and staff member Dimitra Theodoroeoulou.