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 share in the mission of the Catholic Church. 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 are a small national team, based in London, seeking to strengthen and facilitate Catholic charitable activities, and to bring the voices of the poor and Catholic teaching to bear in guiding public policy.
Caritas Social Action Network seeks to develop capacity for voluntary and community action, informed by Catholic social thought, in partnerships with the 22 dioceses in England and Wales, and through a network of independent member organisations with Catholic roots and professional competencies in their fields. Their work includes community and specialist support for families and children, the elderly, the homeless, refugees, the disabled, and prisoners. Their approach 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. They draw on deep and lasting connections of volunteers and staff with their local communities.
Picture – Bas relief carving from the exterior of Baltimore Cathedral, with thanks to Fr Lawrence Lew O.P.