At the core of our social mission is providing a safe, welcoming place to anyone who needs one. This includes vulnerable members of our community, those who have historically been excluded and those who may not consider themselves as having faith.
Hope into Action
We are proud to be a Church Partner of Hope into Action, a registered national charity founded in 2010 whose unique purpose is to enable churches to house the homeless. St Edmundsbury Cathedral provides a home, Grace House, for a family who need help getting back on their feet. Throughout their stay, the Cathedral provides support and community.
Dementia Friendly Cathedral
We are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Cathedral and offer dementia friendly signage and tailored tours. Our Together on Tuesdays monthly, informal communion service for anyone who might find a longer service difficult, but still enjoys singing and praising God.
An eco-project for young people, The Yard has been designed to offer a safe space where young people can come and spend time, learn new skills, meet new friends and improve their mental health, wellbeing and resilience. The calm and peaceful location of the Yard, combined with small group sizes has proved particularly positive for our young visitors.
Bury St Edmunds for Black Lives
We have been working with Bury St Edmunds for Black Lives for the past year to help develop their anti-racism work in schools. The organisation has been working with children and staff across Suffolk schools to support them in combating racism through educating students and teachers on the impact that prejudice, stereotyping and bias has on minority students.
Inclusive Church and Open Table
We are an Inclusive Church, that celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We have recently also become part of the Open Table Network, a growing partnership of communities which welcome and affirm people who are LGBTQIA.
We work with the displaced Ukraine community in Bury St Edmunds and beyond to provide a place of worship for their important religious festivals, such as Christmas and Easter.