The St Chad statue at Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral

A new scheme will see Lichfield Cathedral become a central point for health and wellbeing initiatives.

The Healthy Healing Hub status allows the building to become a centre of excellence and training.

After being named as a gold status hub, the cathedral will also work towards achieving dementia-friendly status.

The Rev’d Canon Dr David Primrose says:

“The ministry of healing and wholeness is at the centre of our life as a cathedral.

“We have recently embarked on a journey to become a Healthy Healing Hub, with training and resources from the Guild of Health and St Raphael. We are sharing this with colleagues from other local churches.

“We are committed to the cathedral itself being a place of healing, offering visitors opportunities to pray and to experience hope and peace during difficult times. Silence and beauty combine to nurture the soul. Services of worship include prayers for the wellbeing of all.

“We are in active conversation with several local partners so that we can work collaboratively together to ensure that the services we provide are part of a wider network of support for people at all stages and in all conditions of life.”

Rev’d Canon Dr David Primrose, Lichfield Cathedral

For more information on the Healthy Healing Hub initiative, visit

The Rev’d Dr Gillian Straine, CEO of The Guild of Health and St Raphael, said:

“At this time, with rising levels of trauma and grief in the wake of the pandemic, churches have a unique opportunity to reach out to those in need.

“Churches can offer a place where our mental, physical and spiritual health can be cared for.

“Science has shown that our spiritual health is part of our overall health, and indeed that our physical and mental health can be improved when we engage in community activities, spend time in prayer and contemplation and seek meaning.

“I am delighted to announce Lichfield Cathedral as the first Gold Tier Healthy Healing Hub and I am confident that the training, resources and support that we offer can help offer hope and wellbeing to a whole community and the wider Diocese of Lichfield.”

Rev’d Dr Gillian Straine, The Guild of Health and St Raphael

Lichfield Cathedral has also been working with A Rocha on caring for the environment, having received an Eco Church Bronze Award in 2021.

Canon David said:

“In the grounds outside the cathedral, we are caring for creation in ways which enable people to encounter the presence of God, offering spaces for enhancing wellbeing outside as well an inside the cathedral.”

Rev’d Canon Dr David Primrose, Lichfield Cathedral

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