Ten Easy Ways to get your Parish Campaigning

Campaigning is a powerful way of making a huge difference in the world. Campaigning works. It is a way of adding our voice to the call for justice, to the cry for a better world. When we add our name to a campaign, our voice to a call, our feet to a march we are building a better world. The difference we can make is profoundly amplified when we can get others to join with us. But how can we encourage people to join in when people are so busy?

To add to your desire and passion which are powerful, there are some simple ways to

Power to Be CAFOD's new campaign

Power to Be CAFOD’s new campaign

help people lend their voice to a campaign. Why not try a few of these for our new campaign, Power to Be.

  1. Ask your priest if you can give a quick announcement about the campaign at the end of Mass. People are far more likely to take a card and sign if they have heard what it’s about.
  2. People are often in a rush when they come out of church, you can catch some of them but many escape. Why not put some cards and pens out on the coffee tables in the hall?
  3. Attach the campaign cards to the parish newsletter so people take them home. They may not all fill them in but it’s more likely.
  4. Parishes often have events – soup lunches, quiz evenings, international meals. Why
    We all have dreams. What are yours?

    What do you want the Power to Be?

    not ask to give an announcement about the campaign at an existing parish event and ask people to fill in the cards there and then? A captive audience!

  5. Most parishes have a list of who is responsible for various groups within a parish. You could ask the leaders to ask their group to sign the cards at their next meeting.
  6. Normally each parish has a team of people which visit the sick of the parish and take them communion. Just because someone isn’t able to make Mass doesn’t mean they don’t want to make the world a better place. CAFOD prayer cards are often welcomed by both visitors and those being visited. Perhaps a campaign card could also be given during the visiting of the sick where it’s appropriate to do so.
  7. Many groups have youth leaders or confirmation catechists. As a way of putting their faith in action the youth group can be asked to fill in a card. If you would like a visitor to your parish youth group then do let us know. Our latest campaign has a nice visual activity too.

    A large sun created by written promises, prayers and pleas to the World Bank

    Create a sun of promises, prayers and pleas to the World Bank.

  8. Organise a prayer time or liturgy for your parish. We have pre-written liturgy for our latest campaign which includes a moment where people can add their name to the campaign.
  9. Give a campaign card out with every purchase from the Fairtrade stall, and have ready some pens and a box for completed cards.
  10. Before doing many of these, ask if you can include some teaser facts and quotes in your newsletter about the campaign. These will highlight the issues and warm people to the cause and they are more likely to sign up.

If you would like to sign up as a campaign volunteer in your parish then contact us in your local CAFOD Volunteer Centre. It’s a powerful and joyful way to make a profound difference in our world.

Our new campaign is Power to Be and we are asking the World Bank to increase its investment in local, renewable energy. Do add your voice to the campaign and encourage your fellow parishioners to add theirs!

Deeper With CAFOD events

We are holding two events over the next couple of months for people who would like to know a little more about what we do and how we are trying to end global poverty.

The first will take place in Holy Family Church Hall, Lancing on the 14th of June from 11:30am – 1pm followed by a simple lunch (optional and donation only).

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Looking at the world with facts and numbers

The second will take place in the hall of the Church of the English Martyrs, Horley from 2:30-4:30pm on the 1st of July.

During this time we will share about CAFOD’s vision of a world transformed, our mission to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian and Gospel values and we will share about our work throughout the world. We will also share an update of latest news and suggest ways people and parishes might support us in our work.

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Interesting discussions with inspiring people

The events are designed to be inspiring and entertaining and to give a chance for people to ask questions and hear how we put their donations to good use. All are welcome. Why not bring a friend or two or some fellow parishioners who might be interested in getting involved?

It would be helpful to know, for catering purposes, if you are intending to join us. Please do let us know by phone on 01483 898 866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

Eleanor from Brighton speaks in the Houses of Parliament

Eleanor Margetts CAFOD volunteer from Brighton

Eleanor Margetts CAFOD volunteer from Brighton

Eleanor Margetts, a CAFOD volunteer at St Joseph’s Brighton spoke at the Member of Parliament Correspondents reception in the house of Parliament this week. She told us

“On Monday evening this week, I had the incredible honour to be asked to speak at the Houses of Parliament about my experience of volunteering with CAFOD. The event was an MP Correspondents (MPC) reception, inviting those CAFOD volunteers who are communicating campaigns and messages to their local representatives to share an evening with MPs in the Speakers Rooms of Parliament. It was, to say the least, an intimidating crowd; I was on the line-up of speakers which included Rt Hon John Bercow, Rob Flello MP and Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD. It felt both exhilarating and terrifying to be placed alongside such amazing public speakers so I was a little bit daunted at the prospect!

Eleanor speaking in the Houses of Parliament

Eleanor speaking in the Houses of Parliament

So the evening began with a drinks reception, where I got a chance to mingle and chat to some of CAFODs MPCs; it was very comforting to meet such a supportive audience! There were about sixty people there in total, and it felt so incredible to be attending this event in such an historic room. I had never been to the Houses of Parliament before, so I was in awe of the beauty of the place, and the slightly surreal feeling that I would actually be talking there!

Eleanor speaking to other MPC's and CAFOD volunteers

Eleanor speaking to other MPC’s and CAFOD volunteers

The event could not have come at a better time; in the midst of the scramble towards the June election, it was so important to have an event that emphasised the importance of not letting domestic issues in the UK overshadow the cry of the poor across the world. Mr Speaker gave a wonderful welcome and introduction to the talks wherein he emphasised the injustice of global poverty and the importance of engaging with our MPs to ensure that it is on the agenda for the coming election. CAFOD MPCs volunteer their time to communicate with their respective MPs about global justice, and have such an important role to play in the coming weeks. I was really encouraged by the talks with a sense of hope that the UK, despite the current turbulent political situation, has a real role to play in the shaping of the global future for the better.

Eleanor with Rt Hon John Bercow MP

Eleanor with Rt Hon John Bercow MP

This was the theme I attempted to highlight in my talk; that it is important to remember the positives that we can do, and that despite the injustices in the world we are still able to do something about them! I think that it is so easy to forget – especially with the way that the media often presents global issues – that there are so many good people in the world ready and willing to change. I was reminded of this through all of the wonderfully engaged CAFOD MPCs that I met on Monday.”

Many thanks to Eleanor for telling us about her amazing experience. Also thanks to those of our MPC’s in A&B who were also able to attend the training and the reception.

Have you been inspired by Eleanor to become a Member of Parliament Correspondent and write to your MP about important global justice issues. Just sign up on our website.

Eleanor has also written an excellent article for the Huffington Post about raising your voice. It’s well worth a read.