Mental Health and Wellbeing

Promoting wellbeing is at the heart of what we do

As part of our commitment to make a positive contribution to our local community, we are passionate about working with individuals and groups to support mental health and wholeness. There are a number of fantastic local organisations who offer accessible creative and physical activities which aim to promote mental and physical wellbeing, and we are proud to work in partnership with a number of them. Read on to find out more.

Gardening for Wellbeing, Wednesdays, 10.30am-12noon

Our Gardening for Wellbeing group is a great opportunity to grow your gardening knowledge and build new friendships in a relaxed and calming environment. It’s aimed at anyone whose health and wellbeing needs a boost, and we are always keen to expand the group and welcome new members. Hot drinks are provided.

If you are interested in joining or know someone who could benefit from being part of the group, please get in touch with or call 01452 528095.

Wheelchair accessible planters are one of many projects the Gardening Group has worked on

Walking Rugby, Mondays between 17 April and October 2023

We're delighted that Walking Rugby has returned! Sessions will take place every Monday from 11.30am-12.30m between 17 April and October 2023.

These are suitable for all abilities, ages and levels of experience, and are free to attend with all equipment provided. Children are welcome, and these sessions are wheelchair accessible. We'll meet at the main Cathedral entrance, and if the weather is bad, we will play indoors. For more information, please contact

Mindful photography resource

We have partnered with Ruth Davey at Look Again Photography to deliver Mindful Photography sessions for staff and visitors here at the Cathedral. Ruth also led a brilliant Mindful Photography project with us for students at Bridge Training Centre a part of the Cathedral’s Youth Programme.

Ruth has developed a free resource which is designed to enable you to try ‘Mindful Photography’ from home. It’s a great way to build resilience and wellbeing, and anyone can try it! Click on the link below to download it.

Mindful Photography Programme

If you are interested in finding more about Look Again Photography please visit

Mindful Photography is a great way to boost your mental wellbeing

Downloadable guide to drawing

Drawing can help you to build a transferrable skillset for everyday life (such as critical thinking, observation and problem solving), but many individuals have also reported that it can lead to increased self-confidence and reduced anxiety. We’ve worked alongside Gloucester-based artist, Adam Davis, to create this free downloadable resource, which has been designed by Lost & Found Creative Communications. It will guide you through some fun new drawing techniques, with plenty of examples to give you some inspiration.

Drawing Guide

Community rainbow bunting resource

During lockdown, we worked with community artist Jo Teague, sponsored by Gloucester Culture Trust, to develop this new resource which shows you how to make your very own colourful bunting. Click on the button below to download it.

Bright & Cheerful Bunting

Click here to view a short film.

Circus skills at home with Mark Abbott

Have you ever tried your hand at circus skills before? Well, now’s your chance, because local creative Mark Abbott has put together a series of accessible films that show us how to get started.

Click here for Video Guide 1: Juggling

Click here for Video Guide 2: Plate Spinning

Mental health support for young people

tic+chat is an anonymous, 1-2-1 support service for young people aged 9-25 living in Gloucestershire. Speak to their friendly team about anything that's troubling you. No problem is too big or too small. Call 0300 303 8080 to chat with one of their team members over the phone OR Live message chat online via

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tic+ also have a Parent Support & Advice line, which is free, anonymous and confidential.

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