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The Cathedral runs a breakfast club where people in need can get a cooked breakfast on a Thursday and a Sunday. This is provided between 7.40am and 8.40am in the Cathedral Coffee shop the Monks Kitchen. The Breakfast Club is always looking for new volunteers so get in touch with Volunteer Officer Charlie Peak at: email@example.com if you are interested in being involved.
Run in partnership by Gloucester Rugby Community Charity, Gloucester City Mission and Gloucester Cathedral. Walking Rugby sessions are for those currently homeless or in supported living, at risk of becoming homeless or have experienced homelessness in the past. Participants will take part in low impact physical activity, receive support and have some fun. No need to book just turn up to the Chapter House every Monday 10.00am - 11.00am.
Artists in Recovery is a self-led art group based at the Cathedral focusing on art and craft activities who meet informally every Tuesday 10.00am - 1.00pm at the Cathedral. The group have displayed their work in the Cathedral and recently sold several pieces at the Cathedral Christmas craft fair.
The Cloister Challenge is a fundraising initiative where people are sponsored to spend a night sleeping in the Cathedral Cloisters. The money raised goes to various organisations within the city that are involved in supporting the homeless community; including the Cathedrals own Breakfast Club. If you would like to get involved in this fantastic event which is taking place on Friday 22 March 7.00pm - 7.30am then visit their website to sign up: www.cloisterchallenge.co.uk
The Cathedral is a member of the Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum. The Forum comprises of partners from public, private and the voluntary and community sector, as well as people with lived experience, who work together to discuss and progress the shared aim of preventing suicide in Gloucestershire. The Forum co-produced the Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Strategy.
The Cathedral works in partnership to programme events, activities, courses and exhibitions that increase awareness around suicide and suicide bereavement, previously hosting a World Suicide Awareness Day Service and exhibition. Working with the GSPPF is key to widening the reach of all awareness raising, preventative and service support work relating to mental health, wellbeing and suicide in the county.
The aim of this group is to shape a coordinated, seasonal approach to events, exhibitions, activities and worshipful activity that fall under the Social Responsibility header. The group will contribute/develop policy and programming in this area making recommendations to Chapter. Deepening a commitment to Homelessness had been a particular area of focus for the group and wellbeing and mental health is another other key area. The group’s activities are linking not only to the worshipful life of the Cathedral but also to the Diocese as a whole.
The Cathedral is working with partner organisations to create alternative and accessible events, activities and art exhibitions, aiming to raise awareness of social issues through creativity. Working collaboratively allows us to tell real life stories in distinctive ways, challenging preconceptions and motivating change. One example of this is the Exhibition My Solitude (10-30 March 2018) which is the result of collective working between organisations and individuals with a shared goal of positive change about how people perceive homelessness and how we can help. There is a clear message: those who are homeless have a voice.