Wakefield Cathedral's community outreach programme makes major difference to people of all ages

Wakefield Cathedral’s community outreach programme is making a difference to people of all ages with thanks to Allchurches Trust funding.

The Community Outreach Programme emerged after a major refurbishment to the Cathedral and is already seeing positive results. Co-ordinated by a Community Outreach Officer, the programme delivers workshops that teach people about the history and significance of the cathedral, as well as uniting the local community.

The programme is split across five key areas including; pre-school children, school age children, Christian nurture for young people, adult education and volunteer outreach.

One group of school children were the first to experience the ‘Stories in Light, Stone and Wood’ workshop - A programme focusing on teaching the children about the history of Wakefield Cathedral in Saxon times. Their teacher, Mrs Wimbush said:

The girls learnt a great deal about the history of the Cathedral from the timeline activity and enjoyed studying the stained glass windows in the tour and drama activity. The carousel of art activities and 'Angel Trail' worked very well reinforcing and enriching the girls' learning.”

Other workshops also include Cathedral Crafts for adults, which enables older people to re-connect with the community through creative activities. The Cathedral also hosts, the Film Food Friends Fun group, aimed at 12-16 year olds, a place for young people to socialise together.

Over the school summer holidays, Wakefield Cathedral will also be offering drop in activity days for families under the heading of Get Creative. Their next large event will be for Heritage Open Day where they will be offering a Tower Tour and a Cathedral Tour as well as Family Activities.

Allchurches Trust have helped make the Community Outreach Programme a reality with a grant of £45,000 distributed across three years. If you wish to find out more, news about upcoming sessions and events can be found on the Wakefield Cathedral website.


School children at Wakefield CathedralSchool children at Wakefield Cathedral