Social Responsibility

Social Action 

Cathedral Prayers for Peace and Justice

On the first Tuesday of every month, from 12.00 noon until 12.20pm, there is a time of prayer in the St John the Baptist Chapel: Prayers for Peace and Justice.  The prayer intentions focus on social responsibility issues, largely, but not exclusively, drawing on the Cathedral’s four priorities in this area: homeless and vulnerable people; mental health and wellbeing; young people; and environmental sustainability. 

The service includes time for silence and personal prayer, and is open to all.  We will also use this time to welcome members of local charities and include prayers for local activities and initiatives.  Please support this time of prayer through your personal prayers and tell a member of the clergy about issues you would like included in the prayers.  If you can, please do come along. 

Click on the link below to download Prayers for Peace and Justice.

April 2020 Prayers for Peace and Justice

Breakfast Club - Paused during COVID19

It is with great sadness that, having been advised by the City Council, we have to stop serving our Breakfast Club take away service from now on. If you are still able to offer help in the community, there is a community help hub where you can register your ability to help, and/or give details of individuals in the community that need help. https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/

(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: charlie.peak@gloucestercathedral.org.uk if you are interested in being involved.)

The Gloucester City Mission also provides meals for those in need.  Visit their website www.gloscitymission.org.uk

Wellbeing Walking Rugby

In partnership with Gloucester Rugby Foundation & Gloucester City Mission.

Inclusive physical activity for anyone who is affected by homelessness, and/or living with or in recovery from mental illness. Come and join us for an hour of low impact Walking Rugby followed by a bacon sandwich and hot drink. Contact Helen.Jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk  if you’d like any more information.Meet at the Ivor Gurney Playground behind the Cathedral every Monday 10.00am - 11.00am.

Artists in Recovery

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

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

Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum

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 Cathedral Social Responsibility Group.

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.

My Solitude Exhibition

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.

 

 


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