'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'
From the Cathedral's Vision for 2025
In 2025 Worcester Cathedral will be a catalyst for campaigning and awareness on the environment and social justice.
For social justice, this means:
- Developing a forum/community within the cathedral for social justice to ‘identify, learn, act and pray’, coordinating our approach to mission & giving.
- Championing/raising awareness of current involvement/hosting local organisations for the vulnerable (Homelessness, foodbank etc).
- Becoming a Safe Place that provides a welcome for all.
- There is a prayer station in the Cathedral near the Jesus Chapel with resources for prayer and reflection.
- Bishop John has hosted a meeting bringing together many organisations, churches, and individuals across the city to coordinate our response to refugees arriving in Worcestershire from Ukraine. Canon Stephen Edwards is a member of this group and can provide signposting to further details, however the primary place for registering your support (for example food, health, entertainment/connectivity, money matters, helping with directions, commitments, and advice etc) is through the County Council’s website worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help
- Among many appeals for Ukraine is the one set up by the Disasters Emergency Committee – an organisation bringing together 15 leading UK aid charities. Details can be found here dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
The Cathedral has supported the Maggs Day Centre for many years. This is their latest appeal.
The Maggs Donation Appeal has begun and they are asking for items that are especially needed: Hats, Scarves and Gloves, Men's underwear, Ladies underwear (S), including vests; Thick socks for both men and women, Winter hand cream, Baby wipes, UHT milk, coffee and sugar, Baked beans, Crisps. Donations of food can be dropped off at the Maggs Day Centre on Deansway and clothing to the Clothing project on the Tything.
Charitable Giving 2021-2022
During the past year the Cathedral's charitable giving has supported the following charities and organisations.
Severn Area Rescue Association
A volunteer lifeboat and inland search and rescue charity, with lifeboat and rescue stations along the length of the River Severn.
Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.
Christmas Giving 2021
Our 2021 Christmas giving supported:
A network of people, organisations and community groups support those people who have been displaced from their country of origin to be able to live a meaningful and prosperous life in Worcester.
The Children’s Society
A national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect.