Inspire younger generations by becoming a CAFOD School Volunteer

Year 2 children at St Antony’s primary school, Woodford Green belong to a CAFOD club

Would you be interested in becoming a CAFOD School Volunteer?, If your answer is YES, please keep reading.

By becoming a CAFOD School Volunteer you will have the opportunity to be part of a global movement building a fairer world, inspiring young people to get involved. If you have spare time during the week to visit schools, do consider this volunteering role. We would love to have more school volunteers in Brighton, Chichester, Worthing, Arundel, Burgess Hill, Dorking, Reigate, Redhill, and Leatherhead areas.

Year 5 pupils from St Antony’s primary school in Woodford Green, London, take part in a moment of prayer and reflection at the end of their introductory workshop to CAFOD’s Power to be campaign.

What is involved? The volunteer will need to visit Catholic schools to deliver a lively and motivating presentation about CAFOD’s work and mission either in an assembly or classroom.  Volunteers can specialise in either primary or secondary schools or both.  CAFOD will provide support and training to carry out this role and supply suitable materials to deliver the presentations.  The work also involves contacting schools (by phone and email), negotiating arrangements for the visit and for the presentation and then following-up with correspondence.

In order to become a School Volunteer, you do not have to be a teacher, but need to have the ability to communicate effectively with children and young people of the appropriate age. You also should be able to find your way around a website and downloading and printing resources, use technology to deliver assemblies and workshops (digital projector, laptop, PowerPoint) or be willing to learn. It is important also to be able to use email as a form of communication. As you will have to visit different schools, the use of car is a distinct advantage.  

Susan Kambalu introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to students at Palmer Catholic Academy.

It is great to have a sense of purpose, knowing that you are doing something useful for a worthwhile cause. Most of our volunteers find this experience satisfying and enjoyable. Children, young people and staff of schools are generally welcoming, enthusiastic and appreciative of visits.  As a CAFOD Volunteer, you will be part of a team and a friendly network of people with shared values and commitment. You will have the opportunity of gaining experience of working in the voluntary sector and expanding your skills set. Together, the School Volunteers are a team that is helping to shape the future for a changed world and you will be part of that!

Please feel free to contact Jenny Finlayson, CAFOD Arundel & Brighton Community Participation Coordinator
arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk,
01483898866
St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Surrey GU5 0QX 


 

Volunteering for CAFOD as an MP Correspondent

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CAFOD MP correspondents are a crucial element to CAFOD’s work, by writing letters to their MPs a few times a year or even meeting them in person to call for action and share their passion for global justice. Once a year MP Correspondents meet with their MPs at the annual MPC reception at the Speakers House in Parliament.

Christine Allen, CAFOD Director.
Campaign supporters at the CAFOD MP Correspondent Annual Parliamentary Reception at Speaker’s House, House of Commons, Westminster.
tEmily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Allister Phillip, Caritas Antilles Youth Emergency Action Committees, Anna Fraine, CAFOD Climate Champion and Christine Allen, CAFOD Director.
Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Being at the MP Correspondent reception was a brilliant opportunity to meet other volunteers and hear their experiences and how they have engaged with their MPs.

It is so easy to feel powerless and that our vote or our letter won’t make a difference. It was uplifting hearing from Emily Thornbury who is the MP for Islington South talk about the impact her constituents’ letters have.

“Don’t let anybody tell you it’s a waste of time. Instead you must always remember that the most powerful, the most personal letters that you will write, are more likely to get pinned to my wall, or one of my colleagues, and will inspire them every day to fight for what you believe in.”

It is so important that we come together as a collective group to tell out MPs that we care about climate change, poverty and injustice.

Are you interested to become a CAFOD MP Correspondent? Sign up and find out more reading CAFOD MPC Guide and recent MPC Actions

WE NEED YOU!

By Siobhan Doyle
MP Correspondent / Communication Volunteer

PROTECTING OUR COMMON HOME

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A ground-breaking agreement on climate change, signed in Paris in 2015 by 196 countries (including the UK), came into force in November 2016. This was a recognition that climate change is by far the most serious danger facing mankind and all life on earth. The effects of climate change being felt now include increased extreme weather patterns – droughts, flooding, stronger and more frequent hurricanes. In the UK we are experiencing hotter summers and wetter winters. Sea levels are rising as the result of polar ice melting and the water is expanding as it warms up. The warmer water absorbs more carbon dioxide resulting in it becoming more acidic.

The impact of this is falling most heavily on people in the developing countries – those who have done least to cause it and who also have the least resources to cope.

Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan destroyed thousands of homes, roads, bridges and farms in August 2013 for the third year in a row.

We need to ensure that our politicians do take the actions they know are necessary. To enable us to do this, CAFOD is launching a new campaign “Our Common Home”, named after Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home, which complements what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says  that our responsibility as good stewards of creation is to care for our world and not ‘steal’ resources from future generations.    

We need to tell the government to embed in law that the UK will reach “Net Zero” carbon emissions by 2045 – that is, the emissions we produce will be no more than the carbon that is being absorbed e.g. by trees and plants. We all need to play our part in putting pressure on our Government.

CAFOD will be joining other organisations in a mass lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26 June, where thousands of people will be discussing climate change with their MPs. A coach will be running from Hove via Crawley.

Sign up today. If not, we will have no answer when, as Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage climate activist said: “Our grandchildren ask us why we knew, but did nothing.”

Sign our petition and find out more about the lobby today: cafod.org.uk/climatelobby.  CAFOD also invites you to reflect how you, your family and your parish can work together to respond to the climate crisis, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis. Use the  “Live simple activity poster”  to think and discusses about how your community can do a few simple things to live more sustainably and cut down on carbon emission.

By Roger Morton CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator