Caritas Westminster is the social action agency of the Diocese of Westminster. Underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching, Caritas Westminster aims to help individuals and groups in the Diocese of Westminster to use their gifts and talents to create inclusive and caring communities.
Caritas runs three direct services: Caritas Deaf Service, to enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to fully participate in church life; Caritas St Joseph’s, a lifelong learning centre for people with learning disabilities, and Bakhita House, for women escaping human trafficking.
Through Caritas Hubs in the Diocese, Caritas Westminster encourages parishes to engage with their own social action projects. These include food relief, homeless projects, befriending the elderly and isolated, and welcoming refugees.
Caritas Westminster is pioneering a ‘Road to Resilience Programme’, offering those running social outreach projects a chance to join networks, receive training, and gain support in developing their projects to be truly transformative.
SEIDs is Caritas Westminster’s Social Enterprise hub, offering a training programme for unemployed people who are starting their own business. SEIDs Property Services currently offers training and work to refugees.