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 – December

JULIAN HOUSE

At its foundation Julian House was set up to offer direct support to some of the most marginalised people in society – the homeless. Initially this was limited to offering food and shelter. Over time other projects and services have been developed which not only address the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying reasons why men and women are forced onto the streets. Julian House now operates more than 20 different projects. These include: a range of homeless services, support for those suffering domestic violence, addiction recovery, individuals with learning difficulties, work experience and training. Not just changing lives – often saving lives. The charity also helps to coordinate a rough sleeper reporting helpline in B&NES, Wiltshire, Swindon, Somerset and North Somerset; this allows members of the public to alert local services about anyone they see in a vulnerable situation outside.  The work is often challenging and the staff and volunteers work under considerable pressure with many positive outcomes achieved.

http://www.julianhouse.org.uk/support-us.htm

Amnesty Victim of Injustice for December – CUBA

Eduardo Cardet Concepción, a medical doctor, is leader of the pro-democracy Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación MCL), which works for peaceful democratic change in CUBA. Eduardo was arrested on 30 November 2016 after publicly criticising the recently deceased President Fidel Castro. He was charged with attacking a state official and sentenced to three years in prison. The authorities suspended Dr Concepción’s rights to family visits for six months, in May, in an attempt to stop his relatives campaigning for his release. Amnesty International has documented harassment and intimidation of MCL members for decades.