Volunteering – The heart of CAFOD’s work

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week (1-12th June) we’d like to take the opportunity to thank  our  123 volunteers for their help and hard work throughout the year.

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Volunteers are an integral part of CAFOD and without them we could not continue to support our global brothers and sisters living in poverty.

There are over 5,000 CAFOD volunteers across England and Wales who help us throughout the year, from Speaking at Mass and helping in the volunteer centre to working overseas as part of our Step into the Gap programme.

Collectively across England and Wales our volunteers give a massive 120,000 hours of their time to help others.

Our volunteers’ in Arundel and Brighton are vital to the runDSCN2576ning of CAFOD, we simply couldn’t do it without them. We are so grateful to each and every one of them who helps at our volunteer centres, in their parishes, local schools or in the community; their dedication and hard work is second to none.

Despite all this fantastic help, we still need even more volunteers, in particular to help in Parishes, Schools and with various roles at our volunteer centre in Arundel and Brighton. So read our top tips to why you should volunteer. 

If you would like to volunteer with us please apply online or:

Telephone: 01483 898 866 Mobile: 07796 941 884 (Martin), 07710 094 447 (Jo)

 

MPCs meeting in Parliament.

DSC09259On Wednesday 27th April  Member of Parliament Correspondents (MPCs) from Arundel and Brighton met with other CAFOD MPCs from around the country at Speaker’s House in the House of Commons . Min Merchant from Crawley commented  that it was a fantastic event and really great to meet other MPCs .

The parliamentary reception which was organise by Caroline McKinnell MP, chair of the Parliamentary Friends of CAFOD was held in the very grand and ornate state rooms at Speaker’s House by kind invitation of Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP. In his speech of welcome John Bercow MP paid tribute to the work that CAFOD does overseas and urged everyone to keep writing to their MPs as these letters ensure that the issues such as climate change are kept on the political agenda.

We then welcomed Lord  Deben from the House of Lords who is the chair of the Climate Change committee. He praised the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ Care of our Common Home and urged MPC’s to remember to thank the MPs they write to when they have acted on their behalf.

Next Nick Hurd Under-secretary for the Department of International Development spoke about the work that CAFOD was involved in with its partners in Kenya which helped people use solar power to provide electricity in their homes. He reminded us that 1 in 5 people around the world have no access to electricity and he thanked those who had responded to CAFOD’s online action Power to the People.

After that Molly- Kate McCaffrey a university student spoke about her experience of being a CAFOD campaigner and how the attending the Climate Change  meeting in Pairs had affected her. Finally Bishop John Sherrington (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster) said that “MP correspondents are vitally important to stimulate and challenge MPs about policies. A letter sent with love and passion can profoundly influence the political process.”

It was a memorable evening and very exciting to be inside the House of Commons, a place that oozes history and grandeur. Many thanks to all those who attended the event and to all those who organised it. Jo Lewry

CAFOD MP Correspondents write to their MPs three or four times a year to ensure the voices of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power. Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. We’ve helped secure tough laws to tackle climate change, and ensure the UK is world-leading in its overseas aid contribution

If you would like to become an MPC visit the CAFOD website or contact Martin and Jo at the CAFOD Arundel and  Brighton volunteer centre. 01483 898866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

Join us online and learn more about CAFOD’s work in Uganda!

Grils at the pump Uganda

 

This Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you are invited to join a webinar  to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.

 

This Lent you will hear all about how you can ‘turn on the taps’ for communities in Uganda. In this webinar Catherine Ogolla, our country representative for Kenya and Uganda, and her team will share stories of communities in North East Uganda.

This Lent your donations with be matched by the UK government up to the value of £3.5 million so we can make double the difference.

Why join?

Webinars with CAFOD are an amazing way to visit the countries we work in. You can hear from the people working on the ground who bring the projects you support to life. It’s not just about listening, you will also have the opportunity to ask our Uganda team questions and hear what other CAFOD supporters think too.

How does it work?

Taking part in a webinar is easy. All you need to do to is click on the link below and register with your name and email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the webinar. In order to listen you will need either speakers or headphones.

Register now>>

If you’d like to join, but you aren’t sure how, email Elly on eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.