There are so many ways to get involved with CAFOD – from volunteering on your Gap Year, to speaking at Mass; from working in our offices, to starting your own parish group. Whatever your interests, whatever your talents, whatever your time: volunteer with CAFOD and you’ll truly be joining the dream team!
10 year-old Florence, from Sheffield, is CAFOD’s youngest parish volunteer. She describes how working as a parish volunteer has given her a new lease of life:
“I thought being a parish volunteer was an awesome idea. I really wanted to help people who didn’t have what I have. The older people in the CAFOD parish group were so pleased that I wanted to join as not many children take interest in this sort of thing. They let me speak at my parish twice about the CAFOD Lenten appeal this month as I thought the parish would listen to someone younger like me. It is totally different to what most of my friends do at the weekend and is a great chance for me to help those in poverty.”
Danielle Story from Culleroats, 21, is a volunteer on CAFOD’s gap year programme,Step into The Gap, with the Youth Ministry Trust in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle:
“It wasn’t until my final year studying at Newcastle University that I thought about doing a gap year. I wanted my gap year to be rooted in faith, so CAFOD along with other Christian charities came to mind and I began searching. It was then I found out that CAFOD offer a gap year programme, and when I realised one of the placements they offer is at the Youth Ministry Trust I knew I was meant to do it. ”
Liam Finn worked as a Communications volunteer for CAFOD in Middlesbrough and is now CAFOD’s UK News Officer. He talks about how the opportunities gained as a volunteer led him to a start working with CAFOD full-time:
“I’d been a CAFOD supporter since I was in primary school, so it was great to be directly involved in our work. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to work in the media as I believe that providing information and telling stories is the best way I can help to bring about change in the world. This is why I’ll gladly admit that a big motivation for volunteering was so that I could gain that experience.”
Jo Woodhead first became a school volunteer with CAFOD after retiring from a teaching position in Leeds four years ago:
“I noticed that CAFOD were advertising for volunteers at the back of my church bulletin. As I had recently retired from teaching and had some spare time, I thought “Hmm, I could do that.” And I was right! From teaching, I learnt that with school children, you always need to expect the unexpected. That excitement is what motivated me to volunteer and what keeps me going every year.”
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