CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action. [CAFOD is the corresponding agency for international development.]
They support a network of 43 Catholic charities in England and Wales, working with some of the most vulnerable people of society, providing support for families and children, the elderly, the homeless, refugees, the disabled, and prisoners. They also conduct policy and advocacy work at a national level.
CSAN charities have a long history of providing support and accompanying disadvantaged migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on their journey to resettlement in the UK. Based on the life and teachings of Jesus we call for people who migrate to be treated humanely and with dignity. At the same time, we consistently maintain that the root causes of forced migration – poverty, injustice, religious intolerance armed conflicts – must be addressed so that migrants can remain in their homeland and support their families.
Working with refugees, they are providing donations and assistance to their French Caritas partner, Secours Catholique in Calais as well as working with Seeking Sanctuary, a small Kent based organisation which provides help in Calais and beyond.