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October 3 - October 9

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, we will be holding a LOUDfence in Cathedral Square.  Ribbons will be tied to the railings along Colmore Row and inside the cathedral as a sign of visible solidarity with all those who have suffered abuse.

See below, The Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Matt Thompson explain why Birmingham Cathedral has decided to host this important display of solidarity with survivors.

LOUDfence is survivor-led, and we are pleased to be able to provide a place for it to happen in central Birmingham. We are partnering with Survivors Voices, Birmingham Diocese, the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Mothers Union, and other city centre churches.

The ribbons tied to railings and fences as part of LOUDfence will represent the voices of those who wish to express their support for all people who have been subjected to injury by abuse and for those who are dealing with the consequences for themselves and others.  More information on the LOUDfence movement and other LOUDfence projects can be found on the Survivors Voices website.

People are invited to come and attach a ribbon or message, to pause, to pray and to reflect. There will be a chance to do this online if you cannot get into the city centre.

LOUDfence gives us a chance to reflect on the times the Church has failed the victims of abuse, to say sorry, and to commit ourselves to doing our utmost to being a place which is safe for all people.

Other activities during LOUDfence week

On Thursday 6 October we will be welcoming Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, Ph.d, to the cathedral. She will be hosting a number of seminars during the day, followed our second annual Gore lecture on public social theology in the evening.

This year, we will be exploring recovery, growth and how we live out a Christian faith in a world where we are often surrounded by trauma. All are welcome to sign up and attend this lecture, which will also be livestreamed.

On Sunday 9 October we will be marking Safeguarding Sunday, in which we are challenged to reflect on our safeguarding culture and practices, and to commit ourselves again to being a place and people of safety.

If you, or anyone want to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk

More information on our safeguarding policies and contacts are on our Safeguarding page.

LOUDfence virtual ribbon
If you would like to get involved with our LOUDfence virtually, you can request that a ribbon and message or prayer be added to our LOUDfence on your behalf. A member of the cathedral team will add this to our physical LOUDfence for you. This can be done completely anonymously if you wish.
If you would like to add a prayer to our LOUDfence, please enter the text here


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Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips)
Colmore Row
Birmingham, England B3 2QB United Kingdom
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Accessibility information

    • Our team of Vergers and welcome volunteers will be in the cathedral if you need to ask any questions
    • The main part of the building (the nave) has step-free access. However, there are no lifts for accessing the galleries.
    • We have induction loops in place for users of hearing aids.
    • Please note that we do not have public toilet facilities available in the cathedral.