Putting All Children First


Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth)

President: Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth
Patrons: Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG

We are a child welfare agency covering the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, which consists of Cornwall, Devon and most of Dorset.

We provide:

  • Individual grants and bursaries for families and children in need
  • Parenting Courses through diocesan schools
  • Programmes on social concern for school groups

Our Patrons

Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG

Miss Widdecombe has been a patron for the Society since November 2014.
She is a former British Conservative Party politician and has been a novelist since 2000. She is a Privy Councillor and was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1987 to 1997 and for Maidstone and The Weald from 1997 to 2010. She was a social conservative and a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and is a practising Catholic living in Devon.

She retired from politics at the 2010 general election. Since 2002 she has also made numerous television and radio appearances, including as her infamous appearance on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2010 when she partnered Anton Du Beke. Since 2011 Miss Widdecombe has also appeared in pantomime regularly starring with Craig Revel Horwood.

Miss Widdecombe published her first novel in 2000 and has now five novels the most recent being ‘The Dancing Detective’ in 2014 as well as her autobiography ‘Strictly Ann’. Her books are available from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle format. Miss Widdecombe has kndly done a number of book signings in aid of the Society saying “I’m delighted to think that my books will be helping some of the most vulnerable children in our midst.”


Pray for us

The Society is committed to working with and for all families and children, whatever their belief. But it takes inspiration for its work from a commitment to putting the Christian gospel into action.
Jesus said:

Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.