Health and well-being are impacted by a range of factors, and while no organisation can ensure a ‘perfect’ working environment, Manchester Diocese is committed to doing all we can to support and resource the clergy entrusted to us, both stipendiary and self-supporting.
We take clergy well-being extremely seriously and want to be as supportive and helpful as we can. Since 2014, clergy have been invited to respond to an annual well-being survey as a way of helping the bishop and his leadership team to monitor what is going well and the issues clergy face which we may be able to address. We encourage clergy to take their full holiday entitlement and days off, and have undertaken work around claiming and being reimbursed for expenses.
Occupational Health visits can be arranged for clergy who are sick, and confidential counselling is available through the Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service.
There are various other tools which further underpin our commitment to clergy well-being. These include grants for clergy need.
Our sabbatical guidelines for stipendiary clergy tell you everything you need to know about taking a sabbatical - eligibility, guidance, process and funding information.
Retired Clergy and Widow(er)s
Please see the Retired Clergy page for information for retired clergy and pastoral care of clergy widows, widowers and partners.
Unite the Union
The Church of England Clergy Advocates is a professional association of clergy in the Church of England. It is a professional sector of Britain’s largest union, Unite. Membership is open to all clergy. The Church of England Clergy Advocate’s network of Accredited Representatives provide advice, support, and representation. Visit Unite website