Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility is an integral part of the Christian understanding of God's love for the whole world. We strive to respond to the call of our loving and self giving God through relationship and engagement with His world. Social Responsibility enables us to explore, explain and demonstrate how God's love may be understood in the challenges that face humanity at a personal and corporate level.

We look to Jesus' ministry for the pattern of our work:

  • Pastoral: in service and search for justice for those who suffer and are in need
  • Prophetic: in speaking out about the love and justice of God, if necessary over and against the world
  • Priestly: in assisting others in their walk with Christ.

The Spirit of God is constantly at work renewing and restoring the world. That same Spirit inspires us to join is His work. The Committee for Social Responsibility seeks to reflect this in the Diocese of Chester


Meet the team


Director of Social Responsibility - Debbie Dalby

Debbie was the CEO of Healthwatch Warrington and prior to that held the posts of Director of Church and Society and then Head of Mission and Ministry for the Diocese of Manchester. Debbie is also an ordinand in the Diocese of Chester.

Debbie brings a wealth of experience, passion for the work and huge enthusiasm for transformation.  Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 235


Assistant to the Director and Committee of Social Responsibility - Hannah Jones

Hannah joined the diocese in 2013 working for both CSR and what was Parish Development, she has recently returned from Maternity leave and now works part time in CSR. Hannah has a degree in Business Studies. She lives in Ellesmere Port with her Train Driver husband Paul and their 2 year old Elliott. Hannah works Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 271



Head of Counselling Services - Jane Knight

Jane is a professional counsellor and co-ordinates the counselling service and provides help, advice and consultancy for clergy and lay workers in pastoral situations, especially with regard to mental health issues.  She lives with her family in Willaston and worships at St Mary’s in Nantwich.  Jane works Monday - Thursday.  Dedicated line: 01270 652034  Mob: 07918 732 806


Engagement and Inclusion Officer-Vanessa Layfield 

Vanessa is a qualified Social Worker and has over 30 years’ experience working  in Health and Social Care.  She attends St Mary’s Church Nantwich, where she sings in the Church Choir. Vanessa  is also a member of the Nantwich Singers, a small chamber choir. She is married to Jonathan and they have five children, and Berkeley, their Labrador. Vanessa works Monday- Thursday. tel: 01928 718834 ext 232



Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer - Pauline Butterfield

Pauline has extensive previous experience working for the (RC) Diocese of Shrewsbury and is a qualified and highly experienced Social Worker.  Tel: 01928 718834 ext 221 Mob: 07703 800 031


Personal Assistant to the Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer - Stephen Ellis

Stephen previously worked for Lloyds Bank for over 30 years in various roles including Branch Manager and Business Development Manger.  He is Married to Gill who works in the Finance department and has two daughters.  Stephen works Monday - Wednesday.  Tel: 01928 718834 ext: 261




Transforming Lives Together

TLT is a joint venture set up by the Diocese of Chester and Church Urban Fund and is part of the Together Network of similar ventures around England.  The development worker is;


Wendy Robertson 

Wendy has worked mostly in deprived communities, with a focus on young people and drug prevention. ​She also spent nine years supporting churches to tackle inequality on the Wirral. She loves spending time in the mountains​ and generally enjoys being outdoors either on foot, bicycle or at the end of a climbing rope!  Mob: 07956 044 573

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