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

Charities of the Month – June

YMCA Mendip and The British Red Cross

YMCA Mendip 

YMCA Mendip provides a range of services for young people in response to their needs, with the emphasis on housing and homelessness.

The charity exists:

– to provide a prompt, knowledgeable, advice, information, advocacy, and support service in welcoming pleasant environments to young people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness

– to provide young people the opportunity to promote independence by developing their life and social skills to achieve their full potential in a safe environment.

To find out more and donate directly go to their website

The British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We have several contracts based here in Somerset which provide mobility aids and support people at home after time spent in hospital.

Amnesty Victim of Injustice for June – United Arab Emirates

Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights defender and blogger, was arrested on 20 March 2017. The Charges against him are unknown, as is the court hearing the case. On 29 March the authorities said Ahmed was in al-Wathba prison, but this has now been verified. Amnesty understands he has been held in prolonged solitary confinement. Ahmed has not had access to a lawyer and only two brief supervised family visits. International human rights organisations commissioned two Irish lawyers to travel to Abu Dhabi to obtain access to Ahmed Mansoor. They spoke to the minister of Interior, who referred them to the police, they told them to check with al-Wathba prison, which they did and were told he was not there.