The Diocese of Gloucester is an active member of the multi-agency movement, FestivALL. As a partnership, we are working together to break down barriers in our communities across ethnicity, faith, ability, sexual orientation, class, age and gender, and to create opportunities for us all to discover more about the people, places and organisations in our area.
2019’s FestivAll was an amazing celebration and saw different communities coming together. The launch events were followed by a huge variety of local events, with churches involved as significant partners in many instances. The month’s programme included a community arts festival; several village fetes; a mental health learning day; an open day at Star College; a riding for the disabled ‘fun afternoon’; a moth morning at a local nature reserve; a wellbeing workshop, and many more.
Every year, each partner organisation is free to work in the way that suits their core ethos, recognising the wide overlap between many of our values and concerns, and the advantages of working together when possible. There is an opportunity here for churches to take advantage of the regional network in order to develop local partnerships, deepen community engagement and work for the wellbeing of our communities.