Coffee & Croissants for CAFOD, with a bit of Campaigning too!

Maggie Mairura, CAFOD Nottingham  Community Participation Coordinator, on her visit to her local Catholic Primary school.  

Wednesday 7th November

Many thanks to staff, parents and of course students at English Martyr’s School in Long Eaton for hosting a wonderful ‘Brighten up for Harvest’ breakfast which raised £118.

brighten up

Lots happening at Breakfast! 

Main organiser Helen McElhone was really impressed with the turnout; “this is the most people we have had so far for our breakfast mornings.  As a school, we love to support CAFOD and it’s great to be able to give the adults information about the new campaign”

power to be

Parents taking part in the Power to Be Campaign

Sign our online petition 

I enjoyed the opportunity to sit and talk to many of the parents who were interested in hearing how the campaign can really make a difference to young people in rural areas who don’t have access to electricity.  All the Power to Be action cards were signed and will be sent off to Melanie Robinson, the UK representative at the World Bank.


It was also an opportunity to talk about how people can volunteer with CAFOD and especially in our schools.

If you are interested in being a member of our team of school volunteers, please do get in touch!


Everyone could have a sticker!

Find out about being a school volunteer 

Grimsby Primary School ‘Wear It Funny For Money’

A Grimsby primary school ‘wore it funny for money’ to raise an impressive amount for  CAFOD. 

Funny For Money

St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy ‘wore it funny for money’

St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy held a different event each Friday for five consecutive weeks.

This included wearing your shoes, hair and face funny on separate days in exchange for a donation to CAFOD.

The school were able to raise a very impressive £636.61 for CAFOD, who work with communities across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, helping people to tackle the poverty and injustice, wherever the need is greatest.

Continue reading

4 key tips for successful volunteering

Ahead of National Volunteer’s Week, we asked volunteers from across the North East for their key tips and tricks that they could give to others. Here they chat to media coordinator Katherine Binns about what they have learnt and what mistakes not to make:

  1. “Use familiar objects to help children understand your message or appeal”
Jo woodhead

Jo giver her tip to help Schools volunteers

Jo Woodhead,  schools volunteer for the Leeds diocese, explains why using familiar objects works so well with children: “When I was giving a schools workshop on a famine campaign last year, I split the children into groups to represent continents and gave them each different amounts of bread rolls. I shared it out unequally to get the message across that many communities in Africa have very little to eat compared to us here in the UK. They understood almost instantly and started a discussion on what we could do to help. Remember though to explain what the bread is for before handing it out otherwise the students will have eaten it all before you have begun your workshop!”

2. “Always write down and reflect on what you did that worked well”

Danielle Storey 2

Danielle suggests how to talk to the CAFOD community

Danielle Story, Step into the Gap volunteer from the Hexham and Newcastle diocese, shares her tip on talking to members of the CAFOD community: “Always do a fun but short icebreaker with any group you meet, you can use it to introduce the theme you are there to talk about. Also write down everything you’ve done after the talk or event so you can go back to it if you ever need to do something similar in another parish or to get more ideas and inspiration – I always forget what I’ve done otherwise and wouldn’t be able to improve as a volunteer!”

3. “Keep yourself up to date with CAFOD’s latest campaigns and appeals”

Liam Finn

Liam explains why doing your research is key

Liam Finn, UK News Officer and previous office volunteer for the Middlesbrough diocese, explains why researching before any event is key: “I’ve worked with CAFOD supporters across the country who have run races, walked on marches, or prayed on pilgrimages to support our appeals and campaigns – finding out their stories and telling them to a wider audience in newspapers, on radio and television, and in blogs and tweets. I would definitely say find out as much as you can about the different things that are going on in CAFOD – what we’re campaigning on or fundraising for. That way you know what to look for or talk about at every event.”

4. “Look at a story from a different angle”


Joanne works in the Nottingham volunteer centre

Communications volunteer Joanne Hendrick, from the Nottingham diocese, explains how to write an engaging CAFOD blog post: “I guess something I’ve always used from working in Communications, is not to just document an event for article verbatim, but make notes on the atmosphere too-it’s always helped me to make a piece of writing come alive!”

Find out how you can become a CAFOD volunteer