Caritas Europa

Caritas England and Wales

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In England and Wales Caritas Europa is represented by 2 member organisations.

  • Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) which is a key social actor in the country.
  • Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), which is exclusively dedicated to overseas activities.

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action.

CSAN comprises over 40 Catholic charities and a growing number of Caritas Dioceses who work across England and Wales, providing support to families and children living in poverty, prisoners, victims of crime, refugees, older people, disabled people and travellers.

CSAN members are supported and drawn together into a mutually beneficial network by a small, dedicated national team based in London. This focuses on the strengthening, development and support of social action and social justice work in Catholic charities and Dioceses, and also on enabling the voice of their collective concerns to be raised with decision makers through CSAN’s policy and advocacy work. 

Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, CSAN works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England and Wales.

CSAN is a member of Caritas Internationalis, within the Caritas Europa region. 

General information

Chief Executive
Philip McCarthy

Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road

Fax: +44 207 90 14 874




As the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, CAFOD was born when volunteer members of the National Board of Catholic Women organised the first Family Fast Day on Friday, March 11, 1960 to raise money to help a mother and baby health centre in the Caribbean. Two years later, CAFOD was officially registered and for nearly 50 years the international aid agency continues to carry on the tradition of helping those in need by providing practical help to end poverty and injustice, development and emergency relief, and advocacy work to draw attention to social issues in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Working with hundreds of local partners, CAFOD supports projects and programmes all over the world. 78 percent of CAFOD’s programmes focuses on international emergency and development work while 11 percent is used for education, advocacy and campaigning to tackle the global causes of poverty. Capacity-building programmes have ensured vulnerable communities have the resources to survive, minimise and recover from emergencies and environmental threats and increased access to clean water, education, and healthcare.

Domestically, CAFOD’s key focus areas are to raise awareness with the local Catholic Church of England & Wales to end injustice and poverty and advocacy and lobbying work to create a powerful voice for change and justice.

With its main office in London, England, CAFOD employs 290 staff in the UK and an additional 70 personnel overseas. Internationally, they have offices in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Sudan, Rwanda, and Nicaragua and a staff based with partners in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka to further enable CAFOD to respond within the first hours immediately following a disaster.

CAFOD is an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and represents England & Wales in the global Caritas network. They work closely with the 170 international Catholic aid agencies around the world and often engage in partnerships to spearhead emergency and developmental programmes, such as partnering with Caritas Bangladesh to help communities set up early warning systems to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters.General information

Chris Bain

Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7JB

Telephone: +44 20 7733 7900
Fax: +44 20 7274 9630