Our journey

St Luke's has been around for over 125 years. Why a new strategy now?

St Luke’s launched a new strategy in 2019 so the charity can
  • Create a sustainable model that will enable St Luke’s to benefit more individuals, with a resulting benefit to their families, the parish and community, the diocese and ultimately the Church’s mission.
  • Focus its resources on wellbeing and mental health, an area deemed high priority by the Church.
  • Give individual clergy a clear offer of a treatment route via St Luke’s and, through their diocese or training college, access to St Luke’s wellbeing resources.
  • Measure defined aims and outcomes to show why our work is essential.
What is the new strategy?
Reaching more clergy

We will aim for a wider geographical reach of beneficiaries. We’ll rely less on our former southern-centric model which depended on pro bono work by our honorary consultants, and instead work more with clinicians, partners and funders across the country.

Increasing our focus on the mental health aspect of clergy wellbeing

We will build our emphasis on psychological therapies and on an holistic, therapeutic approach in our support.

Making the best use of our funds

We will do this by supporting a specific and limited number of treatments. These treatments focus on lower-cost interventions which give disproportionately higher benefits, particularly those deemed lower priority by the NHS. We will make our resources go further by no longer supporting expensive treatments.

Why now?

St Luke’s is convinced that positive clergy wellbeing is fundamental to the health of today’s Church community and the wider community – at its best, the parish provides a good model for how a community lives well together. And now is a time in the UK when an inspiring model of community is particularly needed. Clergy in those parishes struggle to fulfil their vocation if their health, physical or mental, is compromised.

What hasn’t changed?
  • St Luke’s will continue to offer physical and mental healthcare to clergy and families, through our network of experienced clinicians.
  • We will continue to build on our 125 years-plus of experience of clergy wellbeing.

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