Social Responsibility

Social Action 

Cathedral Prayers for Peace and Justice

First Tuesday in the month
Online via Zoom: 12noon – 12.20pm
 
All are welcome to join our monthly Prayers for Peace and Justice on the first Tuesday of each month.  We use this time to come together to reflect and pray for the safety of all and peace across the world. The prayer intentions focus on social responsibility issues, drawing on the Cathedral’s four priorities in this area: homeless and vulnerable people; mental health and wellbeing; young people; and environmental sustainability.

Please email helen.jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk for the zoom link to join us.

 

Breakfast Club

Thursday and Sunday mornings 7.30am

Supporting the homeless and vulnerable is core to our values, our vision and mission and is realised through our Social Responsibility work. The challenges of Covid-19 and resulting restrictions have required different ways of working to help us build on our existing successes, but not without times of frustration and sadness that we can’t do more.

We are delighted that our Breakfast Club provision continues to run every Thursday and Sunday morning.  The dedicated volunteer team serve takeaway bacon rolls and hot drinks, utilising our outdoor spaces to ensure guests can observe social distancing when queuing, whilst still receiving a warm Cathedral welcome.

  • Breakfast Club runs on Thursday and Sunday at 7.30am-8.30am
  • Guests are asked to convene at the West end steps of the Cathedral where a queuing system is set up. 
  • We ask guests to wear face masks whenever possible and observe social distancing.

Our partners Gloucester City Mission also provides a hot meal and outreach services for those in need.  Visit their website  www.gloscitymission.org.uk for more information.

 

Breakfast Club Plus

Art for Wellbeing project launches for adults affected by homelessness

Gloucester Cathedral are delighted to launch Art for Wellbeing Drop-in sessions for adults affected by, or at risk of homelessness, in partnership with Gloucester City Mission.

The project is funded by a generous grant from Gloucestershire Community Foundation, enabling the Cathedral to further develop their work to support adults affected by homelessness.

The project will provide arts activity in an informal setting for creative learning and improved wellbeing and will be delivered from Gloucester City Mission’s Revive Coffee House in Gloucester’s city centre.

The free weekly sessions follow on from the Cathedral’s successful pilot Art for Wellbeing project ‘Breakfast Club Plus’.  Delivered over 10 weeks in autumn 2019, community artist and tutor Jo Teague provided drop-in art and craft activities for guests during the Cathedral’s Thursday morning Breakfast Club. Guests who got involved fed back: ‘Thanks for doing this, it helps to keep doing things’ and ‘It’s nice to chat and do something different’.

The Cathedral’s tradition of welcome and hospitality, and commitment to working with others to provide opportunities for all, is at the core of this Art for Wellbeing programme. Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager said:

“These drop-in sessions aim to provide a safe, inclusive space where participants feel connected to others and their own creativity. We hope that those who participate find an improved sense of wellbeing, reduced stress and anxiety and feel more confident to continue arts activity

The drop-in sessions are free to attend and will start every Tuesday from the 25th May 2021 running from 2pm-3.30pm at Revive Coffee House.  All materials are provided along with hot drinks at no cost to participants.

 

Gloucester Cathedral
Breakfast Club runs take away bacon sandwiches and hot drinks every Thursday and Sunday morning 7.30am-8.30am, convening at the West End steps.

For more information about our Art for Wellbeing programme and wider Community Engagement and Social Responsibility work contact:
Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager
Helen.Jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk
01452 229838

 

Gloucester City Mission


Gloucester City Mission is a registered charity (1115780) that supports the homeless, those living in temporary accommodation, sofa surfers and those in need of support with clothing, toiletries, food or advice. Running outreach teams that go out 6 days a week to offer provisions to anyone who needs help and a Wednesday lunch every week.

For more information contact: Kevin Howie, Manager
kevin@gloscitymission.org.uk
01452 687735

 

Gloucestershire Community Foundation


Gloucestershire Community Foundation connect people and communities, supporting philanthropy and using knowledge of the county, and the social sector, to allocate grants where they will achieve maximum impact. The Foundation work with charities, community groups and social enterprises across Gloucestershire to improve people’s lives.

For more information contact: Sarah Sharma, Grants Manager
grantsmanager@gloucestershirecf.org.uk
07444 124390

 

Wellbeing Walking Rugby

In partnership with Gloucester Rugby Foundation & Gloucester City Mission these sessions provide inclusive physical activity for anyone who is affected by homelessness, and/or living with or in recovery from mental illness.

Sessions are currently paused due to Covid-19 however we hope to resume them soon.  Contact Helen.Jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk  if you’d like any more information.

Artists in Recovery

Artists in Recovery are a self-led art group who meet at Discover DeCrypt https://discoverdecrypt.org.uk/ weekly, focusing on art and craft activities. The group have displayed their work in the Cathedral and sold several pieces at local craft fairs.  The group meet informally on a Thursday morning at 10am however have paused activities during lockdown. 

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 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.

Social Justice Exhibitions

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.

If you are an organisation interested in working together to highlight a key social justice issue/issues please get in touch helen.jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

 

 


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