Action & Outreach

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." 

Matthew 25:40


  • over 1 billion people are homeless
  • 22.7 million people are displaced
  • 982 million people live in dire poverty
  • 854 million people are malnourished
  • an estimated 44 million children are orphans
  • millions of children experience the breakdown of their parents' relationship.

We know we cannot solve all these problems!  However, we do know that we can make a difference.

Mothers' Union is a network of four million people, serving Christ in their own community and working at grass-roots level in hundreds of projects that meet local needs.

This section contains details of Mothers' Union's outreach work, both locally in Manchester and worldwide. Information about our link dioceses in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria may also be found here. 

Blueprint for Mission


 Blueprint for Mission - Mothers' Union Annual Review 2011

Mothers’ Union praised as ‘most influential Anglican movement’


Tuesday, 10th November 2009

By: A staff reporter.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has paid tribute to the work of the Mothers’ Union, describing it as ‘The most influential and widespread lay movement in the churches of the Communion, and probably among the most active lay groups in any Christian denomination.’

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and his wife, Jane Williams, have written a foreword for the book ‘A History of the Mothers’ Union 1876-2008: Women, Anglicanism and Globalisation’, by Cordelia Moyse and held a book launch at Lambeth Palace last night.

The book charts the Mothers’ Union from a parish women’s meeting in 1876 to the present day where ‘it has done an extraordinary job in keeping the congregations of the Church of England conscious of their international links and responsibilities.’

The Archbishop frequently speaks in support of Mothers’ Union, and particularly for their work in Africa. In the foreword for the book, the Archbishop and Mrs Williams said: “In the ravaged environments of African states that have been through nightmare conflict, the MU offers what no other group can: the local, effective, liberating building of capacity and mutual support among women.”

The Mothers' Union has 3.6 million members in 78 countries worldwide, involved in a range of programmes covering literacy, development, trauma counselling, and family life issues. “[Mothers’ Union] is manifestly the most effective deliverer of education in primary health care, post-trauma counselling, micro-finance, education and the general advancement and empowerment of women in societies of the global south.”

“Given that it is generally recognised that women are central to the development of their communities and societies, this is a monumental contribution to the Millennium Development Goals – and one that is still barely understood or acknowledged by many in the ‘development’ world, governments and secular NGOs alike.”

(Reproduced with permission of the editor. Copyright © 2009)