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 – April

Parkinson’s UK and Alzheimer’s Association

Parkinson’s UK 

We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. For more than 40 years we’ve been working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know why people get the condition. One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK. The Mendip branch exists to offer friendship and support to all those with Parkinson’s, and their carers in the Mendip area.

http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.

At Alzheimer’s Society, we believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

Here for anyone affected by dementia, we provide information and support, fund research and campaign to raise awareness. www.alzheimers.org.uk

Our services in Somerset include Memory Cafes, Singing for the Brain, Side by Side, Dementia Adviser Service and Carer’s Information courses. To find out more please contact us on 01458 251 541 or somerset@alzheimers.org.uk.

Amnesty Victim of Injustice for April – Iran

Esmail Abdi, a maths teacher, is the leader of the Tehran teacher’s Trade Association. In February 2016, he was convicted of national security offences after organising peaceful demonstrations and gathering signatures petitioning the government to uphold the law. Esmail Abdi was given a six year sentence, but, following a hunger strike, was released on temporary leave on 25 June after paying a large bail payment. He could be recalled to prison at any time. In Iran all trade unionists are at risk.