Join us

Who can join?

Membership of Caritas Social Action Network is open to agencies which:

  1. Undertake social action in the dioceses of England and Wales;
  2. Are committed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching;
  3. Wish to participate in the Network and to contribute to its development;
  4. Agree to pay the annual Network contribution as per the appropriate scale of contributions;
  5. Follow policies and procedures which are not in conflict with the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church;
  6. Maintain proper governance arrangements and comply with relevant regulatory requirements, including safeguarding policies and procedures; and
  7. Are not the subject of any matter that might damage the reputation of the Network.

We do not currently offer membership to individual supporters, but there are other ways to be involved – see the ‘Getting Involved’ website menu above.

Why join our Network?

Caritas Social Action Network members:

  • Participate in an engaged, dynamic and professional community which facilitates its members to connect, engage and act, providing each other with peer support and networking opportunities.
  • Benefit from high quality opportunities for education, training, practice and formation.
  • Contribute to a strong, coherent voice for Catholic social action in England & Wales.
  • Are connected to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.
  • Are linked to the global Caritas family.

Membership benefits include:

  • The Directors’ Forum, which provides regular opportunities for leaders to share knowledge, best practice, expertise and experience as well as networking and fellowship.
  • Caritas Diocesan Journey meetings, which bring together those involved in developing Caritas diocesan agencies to support, encourage and celebrate their work.
  • Events bringing representatives of our charities together with parliamentarians of all parties and both Houses of Parliament.
  • Communications and fundraising forum which focuses on improving skills in these areas.
  • Regular educational events on relevant issues to our members.
  • Expert insight and analysis based on Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Special interest and task groups to enable Members to explore innovative ways of working together, for example in relation to the Government’s scheme for Community Sponsorship of refugees.
  • Theological Catholic social teaching resources, such as Caritas in Practice, an induction resource for staff and volunteers of all faiths and none.
  • A bi-monthly newsletter including members’ news.
  • Promotion of members’ job vacancies.

Find out more

Please contact us by email to, for more information on what you could gain, network contributions and how to become a member of our family.

Download: Membership brochure (pdf, 1.6mb)