CAFOD Arundel & Brighton works with the Catholic community in the diocese to raise both funds and awareness of global poverty and injustice through parishes, schools, individuals and networks.
Our volunteer centre is one of many around England & Wales working in partnership with thousands of volunteers and supporters, providing information on supporting CAFOD in your area and how to get involved. We are fortunate to have our volunteer centre in St John’s Seminary in Wonersh though we are happy visiting other places in the diocese. Please do get in touch.
Volunteer with us
Could you help us with any of these voluntary roles in your local worshipping community?
Volunteer in your Parish
Working in partnership with the parish priest, parish volunteers help to increase awareness of CAFOD’s work and help more people to get involved by giving, acting, and praying with CAFOD. This can include organising Fast Day talks, collections, and other events, taking the lead on parish programmes like Connect2, and ensuring that CAFOD’s work is held in prayer in the community.
We are particularly looking for Parish Volunteers in these areas: (If your parish isn’t listed here though – we will still need you. Each parish is now forming a small team and your help and enthusiasm would be much appreciated!)
St George, Hove.
St Thomas More, Brighton.
St Mary, Brighton.
St Joseph’s, Brighton.
St Francis of Assisi, Brighton.
Sacred Heart, Newhaven.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Rottingdean
Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St Wilfrid, Selsey.
Our Lady of the Assumption, Bosham.
English Martyrs, Horley.
St Gregory, Eastbourne.
Christ the King, Eastbourne.
St Joachim, Hampden Park.
Our Lady of Ransom and St Agnes, Eastbourne.
Sacred Heart, Newhaven.
St Ann, Banstead.
St John, Tadworth
St Joseph, Epsom.
Our Lady & St Peter, Leatherhead.
St Mary’s Guildford
St Joseph’s, Guildford
St Edwards, Sutton Park
No Parish Contacts needed though I’m sure they’d appreciate help if you wanted to join the team.
Christ the King, Burwash.
Holy Cross, Heathfield.
St Teresa of The Child Jesus, Merstham.
St Leonards-on-Sea Deanery
St Mary Star of the Sea, Hastings.
St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill-on-Sea.
St Martha, Little Common.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Sidley.
All Saints, Hersham
St Joseph, Rustington
Could you give a talk at Mass about CAFOD’s work in your local community? If so – please do get in touch! We’d love to hear from you. We aim to have a short talk after every Mass twice a year in each church around Fast Days to thank people for their valued support and demonstrate just how much of an impact this is having around the world. The talks are pre-prepared and would be sent to you in advance.
But as a speaker – you may be moved to make a short appeal at other times of the year – at a time of a global emergency for example or about a campaign about which you feel passionate.
Join us and help create a better future for all by becoming an MP correspondent with CAFOD. This is a really important role as through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already changed government policy. In the past few years alone, volunteers have helped secure tough laws to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
Around three times a year, you would be asked to send your MP a letter or email on an important global justice issue. You would be given a thorough briefing and then asked to contact your MP. Some MP correspondents also meet with their MPs at their local MP surgeries too.
Find out more about getting to know your MP in this way.
The role of a School or Education Volunteer is really varied and rewarding. Visits are organised around your availability and you can choose whether you work in a primary or secondary school (or both). We try to link each Education Volunteer to at least one school and we generally ask you to make contact with that school at least once a term (so at least three times a year). You may be asked to deliver an assembly or a longer classroom based session. The range of topics again can vary – from speaking generally on global injustice to talking about a particular theme such as health, food, Fairtrade, or water etc.
We have lots of resources to help and we offer full training. Volunteers are not expected to be an expert or have a teaching background but what is essential is an ability to communicate with young people. The training for this position is normally an Understanding CAFOD session in this diocese followed by 2 days in length and held at CAFOD Head Office in Romero House, London.
We particularly need Education Volunteers in the Redhill Deanery, the Woking Deanery, the Crawley Deanery and the Mayfield Deanery. Though more volunteers everywhere would be very welcome.
Our office is based in St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and we have a handful of great and loyal volunteers who help us out with various administrative and IT tasks. Are you able to spare a few hours every week and can you make your way to our office? This can be a great way to hone skills and add experience to a CV or use some newly found spare time (just retired or children just gone to school). Having experience in basic IT is helpful but a willingness to learn is a good substitute.
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We need people who will support Parish Volunteers across a Deanery and arrange meetings twice a year where the Parish Volunteers come together for support, arranging joint events and to hear about upcoming Fast Days. Meetings can take place in people’s homes, local Parishes or elsewhere. Area Coordinators can also help recruiting Parish Volunteers in Parishes which have no volunteer.
If you feel you could help in any way, please get in touch on 01483 898 866 or firstname.lastname@example.org