Be a CAFOD School Volunteer?

So many shocks at the World Cup this year…… are we in for a chance?  Is it coming home?? Here at CAFOD in Nottingham Diocese we are delighted with our achievements and have surpassed our targets for the number of schools visited this academic year.

annHowever…….. there are parts of the Diocese that don’t have regular visits from our schools team as we don’t have any volunteers in those areas. Areas where we really need to recruit are Lincolnshire, North Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Would you, or do you know someone, who may be interested in joining our wonderful Schools Volunteer Team? We provide excellent training and ongoing support.

Tricia and Ann completed their training last term and have been visiting schools, leading workshops on Share the Journey and presenting assemblies.  As Ann told me, “I really enjoyed the excellent training from the CAFOD Schools team and visiting schools in our Diocese.  It is a very rewarding way to spend a morning or afternoon. Come on give it a try!”

Tricia, following her visit to St Charles in Measham received letters of thanks from some of the students thanking her for her workshop

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There is plenty of time to apply and attend our two training days next term. Both days are in York, as we provide training in the Region covering the Dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hallam and Nottingham. It really gives you an experience of being part of something bigger, of sharing skills and knowledge and ideas.
Every term we also provide a training day for current volunteers to introduce new resources for assemblies and workshops that we can offer our schools. Why not come along to the next one to find out exactly how we work?


Tricia at St Charles, Measham

By supporting our schools you will helping to educate and inform students about the fight against global poverty and injustice and helping them put their faith into action.

Trust me, you will be inspired, motivated, overawed and impressed by the engagement of our students!


DATES for next term
North East Region Training Day for current volunteers
Monday 10th September 2018 St Benedict’s Church, Garforth,  Leeds

North East Region Training Days 1 and 2 for new volunteers –
Friday September 28th & Friday November 9th in York

Don’t be shy………. give us a try!  And help bring CAFOD home to our schools!!




Sharing the Journey in Nottinghamshire

On Sunday 1st July 2018, 15 parishioners from 4 parishes in Nottinghamshire added 69 miles to CAFODs Share the Journey totaliser.

Ann and Roger Neale from St Joseph’s in Shirebrook told me:

“We headed off on our walk from St Philip Neri in Mansfield with parishioners from St Philip’s, St Patrick’s, Forest Town and Our Lady of Help of Christians in Kirkby in Ashfield.  It was lovely and cool in the church as we started our walk with prayers, reflecting on the journeys that refugees and migrants have to take. We knew it was going to be hot outside!Mansfield STJ 1

Half way and we arrived at St Patrick’s, where we were given a very welcome drink and cake. When we finally returned to St Philip’s all tired and hot, we really felt we had achieved something.  Responding to Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign we knew we were part of something bigger, joining with our global Catholic community to raise awareness of the issues facing refugees and migrants on their journeys. It was also very moving to be walking with the Lampedusa Cross.   It was hot but that made it even more significant, as we remembered the plight of refugees as we walked, and to be able to bring this terrible situation to the attention of our political leaders and feel united with Pope Francis when he addresses world leaders at the UN Assembly in September.

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We arrived at our destination tired and weary but happy that we made our short walk with CAFOD. Some took a different route to a different destination and it made us wonder how refugees feel when they walk and have no end in sight.

We managed to add 69 miles to add to the Share the Journey total.  Carrying our bags and the Lampedusa Cross in solidarity with refugees and migrants .  Thanks to the 13 people who joined us and all those who joined us in spirit!”

So many schools and parishes have taken part in the campaign and more walks are planned over the summer.  The original target was to walk the 24 900 miles that circumnavigate the global.  We have nearly completed that…… twice!   So help us make it three times?padley

Our next Diocesan walk is joining with the Padley Pilgrimage which starts on Thursday 12th July in Derby and ends at Padley on Sunday 15th July.  I will be joining pilgrims on Thursday morning at 8am Mass and walking with them to Belper.

And after that on Saturday 22nd September during the time of the UN Assembly we will be walking to Crich Stand from the Briars at 3pm briars STJ


Sharing the Journey from the Cathedral to Bulwell

Today I joined 10 others as we walked the 4.5 miles from St Barnabas Cathedral to the CAFOD Volunteer Centre in Bulwell.  We gathered in prayer before leaving on our journey; remembering those who are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution, hoping for a safer and better future – many hoping that they will be able to return home.Cathedral 1

We followed the Tram route and then stopped at St Mary’s Hyson Green where we were offered refreshments and use of the facilities by the CJSP sisters! Continuing along the tram route a bit further, we then crossed the road just after Wilkinson Street Tram Stop and followed the Leen Valley Way……… a hidden part of Nottingham and a real hidden gem! Then out onto Highbury Vale and up Piccadilly, finally arriving at the Volunteer Centre 2 hours later. Jo was there to meet us with a welcome cuppa and biscuits and cakes!

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49.5 miles in total we have added to the ‘#sharejourney totaliser! Well done Liz and Patricia for organising it. Special thanks to Demi and Emily our young walkers who took turns carrying the Lampedusa Cross and wearing my Cordaid bracelet, made from lifejackets abandoned on Lesbos. Then Dominic, Sue and Krsytyna from Holy Cross parish in Hucknall joined us – we presented them with the Lampedusa Cross and they set off on their walk to Hucknall.

Organise a walk and add your miles to the campaign

What is really humbling and inspiring is that we are not only walking in solidarity with migrants and refugees.  This is a global Catholic campaign, launched by Pope Francis last September.

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By taking action, by taking part in parish or school or group or individual walks, we are uniting with our worldwide Catholic brothers and sisters to remember and pray for the needs of all our global brothers and sisters who are on the move; the majority of whom are displaced in their own countries or in refugees camps in neighbouring countries.