Salisbury Cathedral’s values make explicit our commitment to integrity, fairness and consistency, openness to all and to social justice, founded on our Christian faith and our close association with Magna Carta. Our ambition is to be widely recognised for that. We will achieve this in two ways: through programmes and initiatives that promote social justice and through ‘how we do things’. There are already a number of aspects of the Cathedral’s life that demonstrate a commitment to social justice and social responsibility:
- The Works department apprenticeship/training scheme and new work placement pilot (with Rochester prison) and ‘ad hoc’ participation in a number of work experience and intern schemes are examples of programmes that demonstrate a commitment to helping people overcome barriers to employment.
- Other work with offenders includes: supporting the extension of the Foot Prints mentoring model to Wiltshire and a community arts project with Erlestoke Prison.
- The Cathedral is committed to giving away a proportion of its income (to local and national charitable organisations) through the Community Forum including Sudan Link; SSAFA; Salisbury Women’s refuge.
- Staff and members of the Cathedral ‘family’ are strongly represented on school governing bodies, colleges, universities, health providers and local charitable organisations
- The Cathedral Shop is a good example of a ‘social business’, capacity is enhanced through drawing on voluntary support; profits from trading support the Cathedral’s charitable activities.