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.

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

Charities of the Month – October

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.

http://www.fcn.org.uk/about-fcn

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.

http://rnli.org/Pages/default.aspx

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Amnesty Victim of Injustice for October – MYANMAR

Aung Ko Htwe, aged 13 in October 2005, was kidnapped by the Myanmar military, at Yangon’s main railway station, and forced to serve in the army as a child soldier. Twelve years later he spoke about his experiences in an interview with Radio Free Asia. Afterwards he was arrested and charged under a penal code – a vague law that severely restricts freedom of expression – and given the maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment. Aung Ko Htwe received an additional six months for criticising the judge.