Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)

Inspired by the life and example of Jesus Christ, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) was established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to develop the Church’s social action in these parts of the United Kingdom.

We want England and Wales to be places where every person can flourish in their families and communities, living with peace and human dignity.  We strive especially for the voices of the poor and wounded to be heard and acted upon.

CSAN seeks to develop capacity for voluntary and community action, informed by Catholic Social Teaching, in partnerships with the 22 dioceses in England and Wales, and through a network of independent member charities with Catholic roots and professional competencies in their fields.

Together, we work with people who are often on the margins of our society, providing community and specialist support for families and children, the elderly, the homeless, refugees, the disabled, and prisoners.  Our work is often distinctive in supporting people who cannot access help elsewhere, in building on the dignity and strengths of each person, and being able to work over the long-term.  Our work draws on deep and long-term connections of volunteers and staff with their local communities.

CSAN’s national team, based in London, seeks to strengthen and facilitate the network, and to bring the voices of the poor and Catholic teaching to bear in guiding public policy.


Picture – Christ feeds the five thousand.  Mosaic in Church of the Holy Saviour, Istanbul.  Thanks to Peter Hess for permission to re-use.