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Sons & Friends of the Clergy now Clergy Support Trust

The 364-year old clergy support charity Sons & Friends has re-launched and re-branded itself as Clergy Support Trust. The aim of the re-brand is to make the charity’s name more inclusive and its work more accessible to Anglican clergy, almost a third of whom are now women.

At the same time the charity has set itself a goal, as part of a new multi-annual strategy, of doubling the number of Anglican clergy families it helps by 2022.

The change in name has come in response to overwhelming feedback from the charity’s beneficiaries, many of whom said they were confused by the old name, which suggested that we only supported clergy sons, or serving male clergy.

Commenting on the re-branding, Jeremy Moodey, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “We are really excited to be responding to beneficiary feedback with this bold re-launch as Clergy Support Trust. Most Anglican clergy families do well and thrive in their lives and ministries. But a small minority struggles, whether with financial problems or other challenges such as stress or mental health. We hope that this re-branding, and further changes to our grant-making to be introduced later this year, will help us reach many more clergy families in need.”

The charity’s chair of trustees, the Revd Canon Simon Butler, who also chairs the General Synod working group considering a possible ‘Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing’, added: “Any change of a charity’s name involves risk. But, in this case, our new name only highlights the true work we do, at a time when clergy wellbeing is an important element of the agenda of the wider Church. We are confident that this new name will enable us to increase our visibility, especially where our work is less well-known.”

Clergy Support Trust has announced a multi-annual strategy setting out how it hopes to do much more in the area of clergy wellbeing. The new strategy envisages grants and other charitable support totalling over £12 million over the next four years, and sets the target of doubling the number of Anglican clergy families helped by the charity. In 2018 the charity gave grants to 549 clergy households, in addition to supporting over 900 Anglican ordinands.