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Devonshire Freemasons donate £49,665 to Exeter Community Initiatives to fund engagement with young males in Exeter.

Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) has been working for over 25 years to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated people in and around the city of Exeter. Their projects help people to improve mental health, develop skills and reduce isolation.

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This grant money has been ring fenced for a project called True North. True North is a mentoring and activity-based project for young men aged 10-14 who have been witness to, or victims of, domestic violence within their family home who are struggling with education, relationships and mental health; many of them will also be on the edge of offending behaviour. It aims to offer these young people glimpses of a different, more positive path, through regular one to one meetings with an upbeat and motivated mentor, the chance to experience and achieve through a range of physical and creative activities and to be part of a wider cohort of mentees and peers.

Other Charity projects include a Bike Bank ,a Community Builders program, Family support, Parental progression and Transitions back into society for those who feel marginalized.

Steven Chown (Chief Executive Officer) of Exeter Community Initiatives said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. This will enable us to provide a mentoring and activity-based project for young men who have been witness to, or victims of, domestic violence within their family home. Our work will give these young people the chance to grow their experience of positive relationships and to increase their confidence and self-esteem through a range of physical and creative activities.”

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro Ian Kingsbury said:

“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Exeter Community Initiative with this hugely important project. Giving these boys the help they need while they are still young can break the cycle of domestic violence which can cause so much damage to their lives and to others.”