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CARITAS Spain – your parish church / su parroquía

Cáritas is a large charity providing broad social support in several areas to those in need. Most support is local, while other support may draw on projects run over a wider area. In addition, pastoral support work is carried out through parishes.

While it is the main charity in Spain belonging to the Roman Catholic church, receiving support is not based on faith and is open to anyone, irrespective of your views on religion and the work uses trained volunteers and professionals.

In order to contact Cáritas or ask about the possibility of support you can: Contact the local Roman Catholic parish church nearest where you live; contact one of the Cáritas centres available in many larger towns which are run by the local dioceses; or contact your local town hall Social Services department.

Cáritas can help anyone in an emergency, the door is always open, however for longer-term support users will normally be asked to attend an assessment of their needs.

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Coverage area and additional information

Cáritas is run locally by each diocese, the coverage area of the local cathedral. To find out where the main offices are, scroll done to the base of the weblink below to see a map of Spain and choose your area. However, a reminder that the local parish church (or local Cáritas office if there is one) is often the best port of call for an initial inquiry about local possibilities.

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Languages Spanish official languages spoken
Type of organisation Charity / Support Group

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