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 – August

Amnesty International and Heads Up

Amnesty International, the largest human rights organisation, is a movement of ordinary people from across the world who stand up for humanity and human rights. The purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the UN Human Rights Prize.

For more information and to donate directly go to https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

Heads Up is a local charity working with individuals across the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas of Somerset who are affected by mental health issues and other difficulties. In 2002 Michael Eavis opened the newly built Mendip Vale Workshops.  Mendip Vale was a charitable trust providing sheltered employment for 50 clients recovering from mental health problems in the local area.  In 2010 Mendip Vale lost all Government funding, with all staff being made redundant.  The building was kept running by a Trustee and 2 volunteers, but they were unable to offer any mental health services.

In January 2012 the workshop re-opened under the name Heads Up with a small dedicated group of volunteers and the support of the local community with minimal financial backing. Since we opened in January 2012, Heads Up has been inundated with referrals and self-referrals for people whom we know would benefit from the workshops and therapy groups which we offer. There is nowhere else to go, leaving people isolated and vulnerable.  Social isolation is one of the biggest problems of the mentally ill, usually leading to deterioration in their condition and ultimately costing more in both care and benefits.  Day courses help motivate clients and increases their self-esteem.

For more information and to donate directly go to https://www.headsupsomerset.org/

Amnesty Victim of Injustice for August – Finland

Sakris Kupila is being denied legal gender recognition because he refuses to undergo a humiliating process that involves a mental disorder diagnosis and enforced sterilisation. This 21 year old medical student and activist, is calling for the reform of Finland’s gender recognition procedures, which violate the rights of transgender people to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment Sakris has suffered harassment, intimidation, violent threats and open hostility because of his work defending the rights of transgender people. It got so bad that he was forced to take a year away from his university education. But Sakris Kupila remains determined to continue his campaign.