Engaging with public policy

Caritas Social Action Network has a mandate to engage with policy makers at national and regional levels, as the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action. Everyone is called to participate in public life as far as they are able, within their individual circumstances and experience. For individual Catholics who want to find out how to engage with decision makers, some introductory guides include:

How to organise a public meeting – produced by the National Justice and Peace Network.

Get to know your MP – guide from CAFOD.

The following materials, designed for a general public audience, may be helpful:

Influencing local government (pdf, 0.6mb) – a brief practical guide from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation/Democracy Matters.

Engaging with your Local Authority and Other Partners (pdf, 5mb) – produced by Commission