Sons & Friends of the Clergy (Church of England)

Sons & Friends of the Clergy is an Anglican clergy support charity with origins dating back to 1655. Our purpose is to promote, sustain and renew the wellbeing of Anglican clergy, whether serving or retired, and their dependants, so that they can flourish and be fruitful as they seek to serve God’s people. We do this primarily by providing financial grants to eligible clergy households in times of hardship. Our grants are made to address financial hardship and can be used for any reasonable purpose. We can also provide support for special medical or educational hardship cases. We occasionally provide special purpose gifts for the following: accessibility modifications; bereavement; debt relief; legal fees on buying a first property (clergy who are approaching retirement); nursing home fees; relationship counselling; school fees (where there is a compelling and proven educational need for a child to attend an independent school).

Who is eligible?

We support the following beneficiary groups: currently serving (stipendiary and non-stipendiary) and retired Anglican clergy and their dependants; divorced and separated spouses and civil partners of eligible clergy; widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of eligible clergy; and ordinands training for ministry in the Anglican Church. Our geographical scope currently covers Anglican clergy and their families in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Diocese of Europe. We also support Anglican clergy who currently work abroad, provided they are supported by a UK-based missionary society.

How to apply?

Please apply direct online on the Sons & Friends of the Clergy's website or call the charity on: 020 7799 3696. We aim to process all applications within four weeks, or sooner in straightforward cases which clearly meet our eligibility criteria. We respond to all enquirers, whether or not we can help them.

Contact details

Sons & Friends of the Clergy
1 Dean Trench Street
Westminster
London
SW1P 3HB
Email: enquiries@sonsandfriends.org.uk
Web: http://www.sonsandfriends.org.uk/