These wonderful people are called MP correspondents or MPCs in CAFOD speak.
Your local MP is your link to Parliament. They influence decisions which affect the future of the world’s poorest people.
By agreeing to become a CAFOD MPC, you can raise your voice to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power.
We know that Campaigning works. It’s powerful because it addresses injustice and poverty head on.
Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. We’ve helped secure tough laws to tackle climate change, and ensure the UK is a world leader in its overseas aid contribution.
And it’s thanks to many of you that we’ve also witnessed some historic breakthroughs.
In making your voices heard to your local MP, campaigners are invaluable in supporting CAFOD’s work.
As Adrian Chiles, put it so succinctly: “At CAFOD we always keep in mind the millions of people around the world still fighting and dying for the rights that we’re exercising here…. We should never take those rights for granted.
“We need our political leaders and MPs to come together and do everything in their power to try to tackle the big issues that affect us all. And we can all do our bit, not just by voting but by speaking to our MPs, marching, signing petitions, doing anything we can to make sure the voices of the poorest communities in the world are heard.”
So we are appealing for more people to come forward and sign up to become an MPC to make sure that our neighbours around the world are kept on the political agenda and not forgotten.
So what is involved?
CAFOD MP Correspondents (MPC) write to their MP to raise awareness and understanding of the causes of poverty and justice. This is normally linked to CAFOD campaigns – but not always. By writing a letter a few times a year, correspondents start to build a personal connection with their MP and are able to get their attention and give them a mandate to act.
MPCs cover about 80% of the constituencies, that is over 450 MPs. This has enormous potential to influence international and domestic policy.
If you are looking to put your faith into action, but feel you are short of time, then this is the ideal role for you!
When you sign up to be an MPC you will receive letters or emails from us – three or four times a year only, asking you to contact your MP when you can make a real difference.
You can download our helpful MP Correspondent Guide which tells you how to get in touch with your MP and gives you our top lobbying tips.
Letters and emails to MPs have a huge impact, especially when they are personalised and you say why you care about the issue. MPs know that if one of their constituents writes to them on an issue, there are at least ten others who do care, but don’t have time to put pen to paper.
So your help and your voice really does make a difference.
To register your interest, sign up here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to fill in your details. If you want to chat things through, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call the South Wales volunteer centre on 02920 344 882. We’d love to hear from you.