human development, social justice and sustainable social systems


Working together for a better world


Participation is a call to engage fully and consciously in society. 

Caritas Europa believes that everybody can help shape society by contributing their ideas, and expressing their needs and expectations.

We therefore work to empower Caritas staff, volunteers and the general public to engage in communities and to advance together the common good.

Why do we need this?

Caritas Europa embeds participation in all its actions since we believe that every person can play a unique role in shaping society and social welfare.

This includes efforts at every level to promote and safeguard social justice and peace by volunteering with local community groups, work associations, NGOs and church organisations.

Participation is about supporting others in their decision-making and their activities, helping them discover their talents and empowering them to express their opinions. 

Participation also means that we do the best we can to make our communities as friendly and as welcoming as possible by establishing spaces for real encounter.

In this way, we are helping to shape a world filled with love, peace and justice.

How does it work?

1. Grassroots participation handbook

The Caritas Europa Grassroots participation handbook is a one-stop shop for all existing tools and manuals on participation that exist in the network, as well as examples of good practice.

The handbook itself is an example of participation as it was written together with Caritas staff who provide services for people experiencing poverty, exclusion and inequality.

The toolkit aims at furthering the exchange of expertise and inspiring further action between Caritas organisations and local communities on participation practices and processes.

2. Caritas Europa Learning Path

The Learning Path on “Grassroots Involvement and Participation” will be launched in November 2019.

It is designed to provide Caritas organisations with the skills necessary to strengthen their capacity to promote the effective participation of the local level in their daily work.

Sounds interesting? Read more and send your motivation letter before 15 September 2019.

3. Parish Social Ministry

The Parish Social Ministries Project (PSM) is a series of regional projects started in 2005. It initially involved Caritas organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia and resulted in a practical manual. Today, the project is developing in many other Caritas organisations, in partnership with Caritas Italy and Catholic Relief Service (Caritas in the United States of America).

The ultimate goal is to create a network of parish Caritas organisations capable of responding effectively to local needs and to develop a common approach to fighting poverty, promoting volunteerism and animating communities to put faith into action.

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Marc Somers
Institutional Development Director
Tel: +32 (0)2 235 26 57
Mob: +32 (0)478 44 09 61