The power of the pen

On Saturday 8th March 25 CAFOD campaigners gathered together to learn more about why writing to their MP on behalf of CAFOD makes such a difference. Talks from our Director of Advocacy and Communications, Neil Thorns, and Parliamentary Assistant Callum Hood (shown standing in the picture; Callum on the left) inspired and encouraged the group to keep writing to their MP and even trying to meet with them once in a while. “CAFOD’s MP Correspondents scheme is crucial,” said Neil. “It enables us to react quickly, getting coordinated messages to MPs. It helps CAFOD to influence. When senior CAFOD staff speak to ministers, it’s the voices of our MPCs that back up what we say and makes it possible.” And don’t worry about not being an expert on all the issues, advised Callum: “The MPs and their staff spend a lot of time trying to work out what people in their constituency are worried about. They want to know your opinions and value positive engagement with their constituents.” If you’d be willing to write to your MP 4 times a year for CAFOD, please email birmingham@cafod.org.uk – we’d be delighted to add you to our list.

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Birmingham CAFOD volunteers, who all spend time writing to their MP a few times a year.

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