The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, has recorded this year’s Christmas message and with it also launches our new Think Spot project.
Bishop Christopher’s Christmas message explores culture in Coventry. Talking about the cultural events that have taken place this year to celebrate the centenary of the Diocese of Coventry, including concerts, exhibitions and poetry from the Poet Laureate. However, he also notes that culture is more than music, sport and art.
The Bishop also speaks about the darker side of culture, particularly violent crime, youth poverty, hunger and homelessness. He ends his message by calling on the young people of Coventry to shape the culture of the city for the next generation.
This message was first played during Sunday Breakfast at around ten to 9 if you would like to check it out.
With a look to the New Year, our Think Spot project will be broadcast on Sundays, encouraging us to all set aside time to think. It will involve different contributors offering reflections on questions, seasonal events, and news from a faith perspective aimed at 18-35 year olds in Coventry.
It was confirmed last month that the Commonwealth Games would be held in Birmingham in 2022, and that Birmingham would be spreading the sporting events across three other Midlands areas including Coventry. It was announced that the Ricoh Arena, home of the Wasps, would be hosting the netball preliminary and final rounds, as well as Leamington Spa hosting the bowls events at the Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games coming to Coventry is a massive step to Coventry’s popularity not just in the UK but in the world, after having already won awards like the UK City of Culture in 2021 and European City of Sport 2019. With all three of these achievements commencing in the next few years, Coventry is looking to establish themselves on a more international stage, with the Commonwealth Games and the European City of Sport 2019 both certain to bring sports fans from all over the world to Coventry. There hasn’t been this much anticipation for sport in Coventry, since the Ricoh Arena hosted a few venues for The London Olympics in 2012.
With this announcement in place, it was declared that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will be providing £8.5 million to raise funds for Coventry’s after the success of the City of Culture bid in 2021. This funding is going towards supporting refurbishments to the Belgrade Theatre auditorium and the Cathedral Quarter in time for the Commonwealth games. Coventry council believes that this funding will benefit the whole of the West Midlands. The Councillor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council also, stated that “Coventry 2021 and Birmingham 2022 are set to benefit the whole of the West Midlands by raising the profile of the region, boosting the economy and enhancing local pride.”
Coventry’s inclusion in the Commonwealth games in 2022 has also played a significant part in the city’s nomination for ‘Council of the Year’ by highlighting its successes in gaining key titles such as UK City of Culture 2021 and European City of Sport 2019, as well as being a host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The titles are set to provide a massive economic and cultural boost to the city.
Locals in Coventry have been itching to hear new developments about the Ricoh Arena for the Commonwealth Games and to find out more, I spoke to a couple Coventry residents to discuss their expectations of the games and how it could impact the city. Be sure to check this out above.
For more information on different venues for the Commonwealth Games or further developments leading up to the games, check out the link, https://www.birmingham2022.com
Suicide is a tragedy that can affect every single one of us. We’ve all heard of suicide but no-one ever expects to be effected by it until the day it does. Over 6000 individuals in the UK last year committed suicide. But what drives someone to this point? What makes someone feel so hopeless that the only relief is to take their own life?
The Mental Health support organization, MIND states that the causes of suicide can vary between each person. Causes of suicide can occur as a result of homelessness, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, bullying in schools, workplace and at home. Causes of suicide or suicidal behaviour are not isolated to just experiences, people with mental health conditions like Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder are far more prone to having suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
The Kings Fund, a UK independent charity for health improvement and health care, states that “funding for mental health services has been cut in recent years.” Their analysis has shown that 40% of all mental health facilities has been cut in funding in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Funding is not the only issue that we’re facing but also a lack in quality of care is also said to have been prevalent in mental health facilities where only 14% of mental health patients are receiving appropriate care in an emergency.
Despite the issues that mental health facilities are facing, it is advised that people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings contact their local GP for an emergency appointment or contact the NHS 111. People who have experienced suicidal attempts or acts of self harm are advised to go to their nearest A&E hospital, contact emergency services or ask someone to take you to a hospital or call on your behalf. Alternatively, young people can contact PAPYRUS a service dedicated to young people worried about their feelings and require advice through their helpline number on 0880 068 4141.
For people who have friends and family members who are suicidal, you can help by lending a hand to that individual, offer an open ear and let them know you are there to help them out regardless of the odds against them. Letting them know that you are willing to hear them out and offer support can give them the motivation to continue looking at the light at the end of the tunnel.