Ciara’s Nottingham Gap Year Adventure!

A Nottingham volunteer is dedicating a year to working alongside communities across the world by taking part in a gap year programme run by CAFOD.

Ciara Hogan

Ciara Hogan is a CAFOD gap year volunteer


Ciara Hogan is taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ programme after graduating from the London School of Economics where she studied politics and philosophy. 

The 21-year-old will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a placement in the Nottingham diocese.

Ciara will also make an international trip to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside.

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Meet Ciara, our new gap year volunteer

Meet Ciara, one of the new step into the gap volunteers! Read what she has said about her upcoming gap year below… 

Ciara Hogan

Ciara is one of six new CAFOD gappers

Hi, my name is Ciara, I’m 21 and I’m from Stockport! I’ve just graduated from the London School of Economics where I was studying politics and philosophy. This year, I’ll be based at The Briars Catholic retreat centre in Nottingham Diocese. There I’ll be working with young people from all over the diocese, speaking to them about CAFOD’s work in the UK and overseas. I’m really excited about this part of my placement. At school I was inspired to fundraise for CAFOD and I’m hoping leading sessions at The Briars will encourage others to do so.

CAFOD has been so important in putting my faith into action, and that’s why I decided to dedicate an entire year to spread the word about CAFOD and inspire young people to take an interest in global justice. I’m looking forward to all the new experiences Step Into the Gap will bring, including the overseas visit.


Ciara with her fellow gappers

Being able to hear from CAFOD partners directly, who are on the front line of the fight against global injustice, is such a privilege. I’m hoping that this visit will not only inspire me and the other Gappers, but the thousands of young people we will reach in our placements.

Lenten Lunch in Eastwood raises money for CAFOD

Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Eastwood have raised over £750 for CAFOD at their annual Lenten lunch event.

Lenten Lunch Our Lady

Parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel enjoy a Lenten lunch

At the lunch, Sophie Bray, one of the Step into the Gap volunteers from The Briars, gave a presentation about her recent visit to Ethiopia

Sophie introduced a number of the people she met there and showed some of the improvements that had been made to the living and working conditions, thanks to the generosity of CAFOD supporters.

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