In teaching us charity, the Gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others. Pope Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens (1971), n.23.
Without putting themselves in the place of the institutions of civil society, [Christian organisations] have to express, in their own way and rising above their particular nature, the concrete demands of the Christian faith for a just, and consequently necessary, transformation of society. Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens (1971), n.51.
Charities in our network have long track records in providing professional and voluntary assistance to people of all faiths and none: to families, refugees and asylum seekers, older people, vulnerable adults, the homeless, prisoners, and the unemployed. Professional services include counselling, skills training, welfare advice, health and social care, substance abuse work, and supported housing. The charities’ approach is frequently distinctive, offering:
Long-term support to people with complex/chaotic life stories, and people who cannot access other support or have no/few entitlements;
A whole-person approach, grounded in a Catholic understanding of human dignity, that statutory services tend not to be resourced to deliver, and
Stable, deep connections with volunteers from parish communities.
Many services are accredited in their fields, as well as subject to statutory inspection.