On Wednesday 28 November the Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, spoke at the annual Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) reception in the House of Commons and emphasised importance of collaboration between politicians and charities in providing the best possible system of care.
In his address Archbishop Nichols spoke of how “one of the most important areas under consideration here is how we care for older and disabled people: a fundamental test of any civilised society”. To achieve this it is vital that good communication exists between parliamentarians and those working with the vulnerable.
Helen O’Brien, CEO of CSAN, reiterated the importance of dialogue between politicians and front line services and stated how “CSAN are committed to working with parliamentarians, NGOs and other faith groups to ensure that those who do not currently receive the support they require are not left to suffer”.
Archbishop Nichols also praised the work more broadly of CSAN’s member charities saying “Every single day across England and Wales you provide shelter for the homeless, comfort for the sick, care for victims, and life affirming opportunity to those on the margins of society”, fulfilling the message of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.
The event was hosted by Sarah Teather MP in the Churchill Dining Room and attended by 50 representatives of CSAN member charities as well as 40 parliamentarians of both Houses. CSAN is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action, it is a network of 40 charities providing support for some of the most vulnerable in England and Wales.