We hope you are inspired to want to take part or volunteer or help us in our work and help to ‘Catch a Few More Smiles’.
The charity is an entirely voluntary organisation and a Masonic ‘not for profit’ venture. It relies heavily on the goodwill and time of its volunteers and helpers to organise events for disabled and disadvantaged people up and down the country. Branches of MTSFC are organised on a County or Province basis and in the Areas and Events section you can see the current branches and where events are held at the moment.
We always welcome new participants and if you want to know more about how our days are organised go to the ‘The Charity’ tab which you can do by clicking here. Most of our
participants are drawn from Special Educational Needs Schools, or units and adult centres. We also
individuals to events who can bring their own carers. The charity does not provide transport to and from the event and this must be organised by the organisation
Participants must be over eleven years old and sufficient carers, teachers or helpers must accompany the group to cater for their personal needs. Likewise any special dietary needs would need to be brought with them for the day although the charity does provide a barbecue lunch with a vegetarian option and tea, coffee, soft drinks and water throughout the day.
Please go the Area & Events section for more information about events in your area and the person to contact. You can go there by clicking here. They will give you more information and be able to give you Risk Assessments, a copy of our Insurance Certificate and Health & Safety information for your trip.
If you cannot find an event in your area please email us by clicking here.
Charity events are both coarse and fly fishing and are held at various small fisheries around the country. You can read how a typical day is organised by clicking here
As we provide a one-to-one fishing guide and participant relationship we always need men and women fishermen who are willing to give up their day and act as casters. You role would be as follows:
Helpers are always welcome as well and would be involved in preparing the barbecue and lunch, taking drinks around the lake, setting up, clearing away, helping the casters with their charges or generally helping to make sure that our participants are having a good time. Helpers are also subject to a DBS Disclosure clearance as above.
Organisation is the key point of our activities and all the events rely heavily on a number of people to help organise them. Some of the roles include, Event Organiser, Schools Liaison Officer, Caster Registration Officer, Catering, Photography, Publicity and PR and general help on the day.
We are organised on a County or Provincial basis and every area needs a small organising committee to get it going. It is not a particularly difficult or onerous job to start off with and a small event in your area would be relatively easy to achieve. Maybe you already know of a school that may like to participate, a fishery that would welcome you along or a bunch of fishermen keen to participate.
Either way it will give enormous satisfaction and enjoyment to both the participants and you as well. The main organiser or Chairman and the Treasurer of any local committee must be a Freemason and all members of the committee will need to be DBS checked before you can commence. You will also need your Provincial Grand Master's approval before any action is taken.
Before you embark on this course we would like to talk to you to explain things more fully and to send you some more information.
Thank you for your interest.