Retired? Approaching Retirement? Wanting Office Experience? Why not volunteer? Stephen our office volunteer shares his experiences

Stephen, CAFOD A&B office volunteer tells us of his experiences volunteering.

‘The moment has finally arrived and I have retired. After looking after grandchildren, playing tennis and various church related tasks there must be some other way of completely filling my diary. I know, I will investigate what the work of the local CAFOD office involves. So here I am, one day a week supporting the efforts of Martin Brown and Deidre McMahon in the A&B office at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh near Guildford.

‘It is quite amazing the number of small but necessary administration tasks which operate behind the public face of CAFOD. Correspondence with school volunteers, updating the contact database or posting information to other volunteers across the diocese is a small sample.

‘The two room office, situated in the vast atmospheric seminary, may be suitably  described as lean and mean, in keeping with the process of shepherding donations from the myriad of donors to the various international recipients. Recently I represented CAFOD at the Life Of Christ event at Wintershall Estate where I met young and old who had various enquiries about CAFOD.


‘Now at the end of my “shift” I no longer have to spend hours commuting from London to Guildford, but only have to negotiate the six miles to home whilst avoiding the parent taxis.’

Stephen has been volunteering in our office for a while now. Would you consider volunteering? To volunteer in our office you need to be able to get to Wonersh in Surrey and we cover any reasonable travel expenses. If you don’t live near our office then you can volunteer in your local Parish, school or by taking part in our card-signing campaigns or helping fundraise or supporting local Parish volunteers. Whatever your skills or experiences I’m sure we will find a use for them. Get in touch with us if you are interested on 01483 898 866 or

Photograph: Freweini Gebre Mariam, Ethiopia.

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