Since our founding in 1655, the charity’s principal activity has been to make financial gifts to clergy households at times of particular hardship or need. In 2016 we gave out grants totalling over £2.4 million, of which almost two-thirds was given to serving Anglican clergy or ordinands, mostly to address financial hardship. We also provided support to retired clergy households, the divorced or separated spouses of clergy, clergy widows and widowers, and various partner organisations involved in clergy wellbeing. Please follow the links below to find out more about our grants and our impact in 2016.
The wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their families is at the very heart of all that we do. Sons & Friends exists to provide financial support at times of poverty or hardship, or other crisis, and also to promote the health, whether physical or mental, of clergy and their dependants. Of course, the primary responsibility for wellbeing rests with clergy themselves, and the Church. But independent support charities like Sons & Friends also have a role to play. In 2018 we will embark on a major strategic review, to see how we can best support clergy wellbeing. If you are interested in getting involved in this review, please sign up by clicking on the link below.
The 364th Festival of Sons & Friends of the Clergy will take place on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at St Paul's Cathedral.
More information about the Festival will follow in the New Year.