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