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 8th July: Lepra

We are a UK-based international charity working to beat leprosy. This disease affects the most vulnerable people in the world, causing life-changing disabilities, but there is a cure. More than 600 people are diagnosed and start treatment each day, over 50 of these are children. But, due to fear and lack of knowledge, there are over 3 million people across the world living with undiagnosed leprosy and every day the disease causes more damage to their health, livelihood and future.

We work directly with communities in Bangladesh, India and Mozambique to find, diagnose and rehabilitate people affected by leprosy. Through raising awareness, pushing for early detection and reducing prejudice we support people so they can transform their lives. We provide referral centres, reconstructive surgery to limbs and eyes, specially designed footwear and socio-economic loans.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

https://www.lepra.org.uk/Pages/Category/get-involved

Monday 22nd July: Children’s Hospice Southwest

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.

Children’s Hospice South West exists to make the most of the lives of children and young people with life-limiting conditions, which means they are likely to die in childhood. Our belief is that the best way we can do this is to wrap our care around families who have received this unspeakable diagnosis. We journey with all family members from the point of diagnosis until the death of their child and into bereavement for as long as the family need us.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.chsw.org.uk/

Monday 5th August: Amnesty International

Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation, with 7 million members worldwide. It campaigns for individuals in any country whose human rights are abused. It also campaigns against torture and the death penalty. Amnesty is funded entirely by its members and supporters. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the UN Human Rights Prize.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/

Tuesday 19th August: Heads Up

Heads Up is a registered charity, set up to provide day services to adults experiencing mental health issues, including dementia, learning disabilities and physical disability. We support individuals 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.

To learn more and donate directly please go to:

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

Monday 2nd September: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

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.

Our mission is to save and enhance lives through the funding and provision of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, to provide the maximum patient benefit by delivering the most effective, clinically excellent and financially secure air ambulance service in the South West Region.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.dsairambulance.org.uk/

Monday 16th September: Macmillan

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. The local branch supports people in Somerset living with cancer ensuring ‘no one should face cancer alone.’

To learn more and donate directly please go to

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

Monday 30th September: Farming Community Network

The Farming Community Network is a Christian organisation which provides pastoral care and practical help to anyone in the farming community for as long as it is needed. FCN helps people find a positive way forward through their problems.

To learn more and donate directly please go to

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

 

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