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]

Autumn charities

Spotlight charities for this autumn are Children’s Hospice Southwest, Macmillan Cancer Support, Somerset Cruse, Mendip YMCA, Amnesty International, RNLI Lifeboats, Save the Children, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, The Farming Community Network and St Margaret’s Hospice.

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

Children’s Hospice Southwest cares for life-limited and life-threatened children from the southwest and their families. They offer very sick children and their families respite and relaxation in a home from home environment, friendship and emotional support, and the opportunity to live life, however, brief, as fully as possible.

At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you through. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’ll be there. We’ll help you make the choices you need to take back control, so you can start to feel like yourself again.

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a national helpline and local services, and a website and freephone helpline specifically for children and young people. Our services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free.

YMCA Mendip with its main base in Wells covers the whole of the Mendip area – Frome, Shepton Mallet, Street, Glastonbury, Wells and surrounding villages. Our project work provides a range of services for young people, with an emphasis on housing and homelessness, helping them to grow in confidence, develop as individuals and realise their full potential.

Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation. We protect and campaign for individuals across the world who are denied their basic human rights, such as freedom of speech. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, we are committed to saving lives.

Save the Children works in 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. When disaster strikes, we do whatever it takes to save children’s lives. We run world-class programmes and challenge world leaders.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is YOUR service – provided for people in YOUR area – with YOUR support. We help save lives – one day it could be yours. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support. Since our launch in March 2000 we have attended thousands of incidents. We are tasked by the Ambulance Service through the normal ‘999’ emergency process and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer months. From our airbase on the Dorset / Somerset border we can be at any point in the two counties within 19 minutes; more importantly, the helicopter can then take a patient to any one of the major trauma centres in the south west.

The Farming Community Network seeks to provide confidential, non-judgemental support to all those in need of help in the farming community, whether the issue is related to the farm business or the farm household. FCN has a clear Christian ethos in everything it does. All its services are made available to those in need from all faiths or none in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.

St Margaret’s Hospice is a local charity with two inpatient units in Taunton and Yeovil. We are committed to providing specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families. Our care is available to any adult with a terminal or life limiting illness, for example, cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease. Through our medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services, we offer physical, emotional, social and spiritual care to our patients and their families.