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What we do

"Mothers’ Union are the heart and love of the Church"
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation that has been supporting families worldwide for over 140 years. Started by our founder Mary Sumner in 1876 in her local parish in Winchester, we have flourished into an international charity with over 4 million members in 84 countries.

As a Christian membership charity, we aim to demonstrate our faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. Our members work at grassroots level around the world bringing hope and practical support to millions of people every year through our parenting, literacy and community development programmes and as part of the volunteer base of local churches.

At a central level we have, through the years, campaigned at local, national and international levels to bring about real change for family life, women’s and girls’ rights and the protection of children.

At the heart of what we do is prayer and our members come together every day at midday to focus prayers for their communities, fellow members and for those in need. We believe that the power of prayer is transformational and supports our work around the world.

Despite our name we are an inclusive organisation and we are very proud to have a growing number of men who have joined us. As we continue to work in an ever-challenging world, why not join us in our journey and be a part of something life-changing?

Mothers' Union, One Vision

Watch our video to find out more about how our shared vision manifests itself in very different ways – yet all designed to support family life under many contexts. One Vision - transforming over 750,000 lives each year.

Related Projects and Campaigns

You can give families in need a break

Mothers’ Union believes in the importance of families and in quality time spent together to build meaningful relationships that strengthen families. Away From It All (AFIA) is a Mothers’ Union holiday scheme, primarily funded by our members, to give the opportunity of a break to those who are experiencing stress in their family life.

Literacy and Financial Education

The programme is one of the most cost-effective literacy programmes in the world. We train community volunteers as literacy facilitators, who are then equipped to run literacy circles in their own community.

Peace and Reconciliation

Wherever our members are in the world, they work to change society for the better. We do this through providing practical support as well as advocating for change with decision makers and governments, at local, national and international levels.