About Us

About the CSA

The Manchester Diocesan Council for Social Aid is a charitable trust (Registered Charity Number 233814) dating back to the 1800s. It was registered with the Charity Commission in 1964. The CSA relieves poverty and the affects of poverty within the Diocese of Manchester, through making grants to local Anglican Church-owned or church-linked projects. Our understanding of poverty includes: ‘Want, Disease, Squalor, Ignorance, Idleness and Isolation’, based on the paper commissioned by the House of Bishops Thinking Afresh about Welfare; The Enemy Isolation, (March 2016), drawing on Beveridge’s Five Giant Evils.

The Trustee of the fund is the Manchester Diocesan Board of Finance; the Bishop of Manchester appoints seven managing trustees who oversee the distribution of the funds.

The Managing Trustees work closely with Diocesan Officers and with the Development Officer of Greater Together Manchester to promote the work of the CSA and to support projects that fulfil the CSA aims and objects.

The Trustees

The current Managing Trustees are:

  • Rev’d Fayaz Adman
  • Rev’d David Brae
  • Dr Helen Gatenby
  • Rev’d Graham Hollowood
  • Richard Lewis
  • Archdeacon Rev’d Karen Lund
  • Rev’d Helen Scanlan


2019 Small Grant Recipients

  • St Michael’s, Tonge-cum-Alkrington – ‘Remember Me’, Living Well with Dementia, training Parish Advocates to foster Dementia Friendly Parishes
  • Christ with All Saints, Heaton NorrisMusic School Community Outreach Project
  • St Mary the Virgin, EcclesPlace of Welcome with Twiddleknits
  • St George the Martyr, West BoltonCAP Job Club in Project George March
  • Church of the Epiphany, DroylsdenPlace of Welcome

Large Grant Recipients 2020-23

  • Re:Dish – ‘Community Hub’, where Community Champions will deliver projects to support the local community
  • Christchurch, Brunswick – ‘Positive Steps’ Community Programme Manager
  • Church of England in WythenshaweCommunity Support Work, including Foodie Fridays, Place of Welcome
  • St Aidan’s, Lower KersalLower Kersal Young People’s Group, development & strengthening relationships with the Parish
  • St Andrew’s, Radcliffe ‘CAP Job Club’, supporting people back into work