A Year of Encounter resources

About the A Year of Encounter initiative

Ahead of the general election, A Year of Encounter is a joint initiative between CAFOD and St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) aiming to mobilise parishes to reach out to candidates and draw attention to some of the issues that matter to us as Catholics. This initiative is based on three activities: emailing candidates, attending hustings and being ready to ask key questions if candidates knock at the door.


Booklet to prepare for the general election

This booklet has been jointly produced by CAFOD and SVP to provide some easy steps on how to reach out to your local candidates. We're currently reprinting this item, it'll be back as soons as possible. Meanwhile you can download it here

Poster to invite parishioners to attend a hustings together

It is important that parishioners attend local hustings together to find out more about the views of local candidates on the things that matter. This poster can be used in your parish to let people know about upcoming hustings.

Leader’s notes

A short document explaining how to use our resources, including a short talk for your parish and a prayer.

Supporter Briefings

All the information you need to talk to your candidates about the issues.


To try and avoid overprinting and unnecessary costs, we're keeping print runs small and would ask you to photocopy briefings or use PDF versions where possible. All the resources can be found to download on our main website here.