Community links

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.

Coming Up:

Monday 15th April: Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. It provides information and support, funds research, campaigns to improve care and creates lasting change for people affected by dementia. Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051. With the generous support of individuals, groups and organisations, the charity supports anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. They run a number of services in Somerset including activity groups and Singing for the Brain.

Alzheimer’s Society’s team of Dementia Support Workers are also on hand to help people in the local area. They offer information and practical guidance to help you understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. The Side by Side service in Somerset connects people living with dementia with a volunteer so they can do more of the things they enjoy out and about, or at home. Together, they could do anything from play a round of golf to listen to music, or simply have a cup of tea and chat.

For more information about any of these services please contact the Somerset team on 01458 251541 or email somerset@alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society relies on voluntary donations to continue our vital work.  You can donate now by calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk

Monday 29th April: Somerset Sight

Somerset Sight is a not for profit organisation, providing practical and emotional support to over 3,500 people and their families across the county who are blind or visually impaired. Our services include low visual aids, a mobile advisory service, emotional support, activity groups and our flagship volunteer visiting service, plus many more!

To learn more and donate directly please go to

https://www.somersetsight.org.uk/

Monday 13th May: Christian Aid

We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.

The 21st century has bought new challenges to Christian Aid. The world isn’t getting any fairer. Children in Gaza are going to schools pockmarked with bullet holes. Parents are selling their daughters in marriage to earn the money so the family can survive a drought in Afghanistan. Life expectancy for women in Zimbabwe is now 34 years old – it was 65 just a decade ago. The income of some multinational companies exceeds that of entire countries. We’ll continue to support local organisations to deliver real, practical change. We’ll work so that everyone can fulfil their right to a decent life.

We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/whatwedo/

Tuesday 28th May: Save the Children

Save the Children works in 120 countries including the UK. 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.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/

Monday 10th June: YMCA Mendip

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.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.mendipymca.org.uk/

 

For more information contact our Outreach and Learning Manager Miranda Young on 01749 674483 ext.211 or via email at miranda.young@wellscathedral.uk.net