Our history and purpose
With origins dating back to 1655, Clergy Support Trust is an Anglican clergy support charity governed by a 1678 Royal Charter from King Charles II. In March 2019 we changed from our previous name, Sons & Friends of the Clergy.
The charity’s 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 and their wider communities. We also support Anglican ordinands.
Because of its long history the charity is in a strong financial position, with investments totalling almost £120 million as at 31 December 2019. In 2019 the charity gave out grants and other support totalling over £3.1 million to over 1,400 clergy households. The charity’s main focus at present is grant support to clergy families facing financial hardship and other difficulties, but we are starting to do more in the areas of clergy health and wellbeing.
These are exciting times for the charity. Clergy wellbeing is an area of increasing focus for the church, and our charity with its long-established reputation and strong financial position is uniquely placed to become a key player in supporting the welfare of clergy and their families. We launched a new four-year strategy alongside our re-brand in March 2019, and continue to look at new areas of activity, including strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations.
The charity's office
Our small staff team of eight is based in recently refurbished offices in Westminster.