Community links

Throughout the year many events, concerts and services are the result of collaborations with community groups from the city and region.

The Cathedral is part of the Safe Places Scheme operated by Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Members of the Cathedral’s welcoming team are trained to provide advice concerning local support agencies.

The Cathedral is committed to supporting community groups which serve people facing challenging circumstances. ‘The Week’s Good Cause’ Donation Point provides a dedicated space for Somerset organisations, both to raise awareness of the group’s aims, and to raise funds for that work. Local charities, and regional branches of national agencies, thus have the opportunity to engage with the large numbers of visitors to the Cathedral.

For more information contact our Outreach and Learning Manager Miranda Young on 01749 674483 ext.211 or via email at [email protected]

Supporting the “Light the Way” Campaign

Wells Cathedral is delighted to support Christian Aid’s “Light the Way” campaign over the Christmas period.  More details are here but we’re asking our visitors and congregation to take a photo or a short video of candles being lit, share it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LightTheWay (and tag Wells Cathedral). A perfect occasion would be at our Candlelight Concerts during this Advent and Christmas period. If you don’t use social media please email the picture to Fiona at Christian Aid who will share it for you: [email protected]

Go to http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/learning-outreach/schools/sixth-form-conferences/ for video recordings of our Refugee and Migration Day speakers (including an Afghan refugee) and find out about local initiatives to support refugees.

Winter charities

Spotlight charities for November and December are Heads Up, Somerset Community Foundation, Julian House, and The Samaritans.

To learn more about their work or donate to them online, please visit their website.

http://www.headsupsomerset.org/aims–objectives.html

http://www.somersetcf.org.uk/

http://www.julianhouse.org.uk/support-us.htm

http://www.samaritans.org/

Heads Up is a local Charity working with individuals across the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas of Somerset who are affected by mental health issues and other difficulties. 1 in 4 people are affected by Mental Illness. Is it you, your family, a friend, colleague or employee? We support them towards recovery, increased independence and greater wellbeing and quality of life. We provide a therapeutic environment with excellent facilities including light, welcoming workspaces, a communal café and a large garden with outdoor seating areas. ‘Recovery is not something that can be done to, or for, people. It is a personal journey that can only be facilitated by others’.

Somerset Community Foundation Each year SCF’s ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign raises money to help older, vulnerable people stay warm and well during the cold months. We connect donors with local organisations, strengthening our communities, tackling disadvantage and transforming people’s lives. By working together we increase the impact of local philanthropy, helping hundreds of groups every year make a lasting difference where it matters most.

Julian House At its foundation Julian House was set up to offer direct support to some of the most marginalised people in society – the homeless. Initially this was limited to offering food and shelter. Over time other projects and services have been developed which not only address the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying reasons why men and women are forced onto the streets. Julian House now operates more than 20 different projects. These include: a range of homeless services, support for those suffering domestic violence, addiction recovery, individuals with learning difficulties, work experience and training. Not just changing lives – often saving lives. The charity also helps to coordinate a rough sleeper reporting helpline in B&NES, Wiltshire, Swindon, Somerset and North Somerset; this allows members of the public to alert local services about anyone they see in a vulnerable situation outside.  The work is often challenging and the staff and volunteers work under considerable pressure with many positive outcomes achieved.

The Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.