The Salesians of Don Bosco

The Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious congregation of Brothers and Priests . It was founded in 1859 by Saint John Bosco. Don Bosco's mission was clear and simple: to be a friend to young people who were poor, abandoned or at risk, and in so doing to be a friend to Christ. Wherever the Salesians work, its mission is the same, but its expression changes to suit the particular context. So you will find Salesians in schools of all kinds, youth clubs, in homes for homeless or abandoned children; working with street children; missionaries; chaplains in schools, colleges and universities and in parish work. There are currently almost 16,000 members (priests and brothers) in the congregation, working in 131 countries around the world. Currently in the British Province there are 69 Salesians of Don Bosco based in 8 Communities.

The Salesians work in Britain is mainly through schools, a residential youth centre, parishes and the provision of volunteering opportunities at Salesians works at home and in developing countries.

The Salesians are strongly supportive of Abbeyfield's application as it will provide a much needed Extra Care community for older people, provided by the respected local Abbeyfield charity, and also secure long-term improved sports provision on the site for the benefit of local sports users, available to the local community in perpetuity and managed by Epsom Sports Club. The Salesians consider that Abbeyfied's proposals are the only way that both of these benefits can be achieved.