CAFOD is proud to support ‘The Justice and Peace Assembly 2019 Human Trafficking: Slavery On Our Doorstep’

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Last Saturday around 160 people from the Diocese attended the Justice and Peace Assembly at the St Philip Howard Centre (DABCEC) on the theme of “Human Trafficking: Slavery on our Doorstep.”

A very interesting talk was given by Richard Lancashire from Sussex Police about ‘What is Modern day Slavery which is often hidden from plain view. It could be happening to people working as car washers, in care homes, cleaning hospitals etc. He emphasised that although some of them may think they were better off in this country, it was unacceptable practice to exploit them for miserable wages. People were encouraged to contact the Police and the Modern Slavery Helpline – if they suspected exploitation.

Mick Duthie, Deputy Director of Santa Marta Group spoke about ‘The Church and Law Enforcement Combating Modern Slavery’ and the great work being done by the Catholic religious sisters in tackling the issue to overcome modern day slavery in conjunction with the police. Pope Francis instigated the Santa Marta Group to bring the Church and law enforcement agencies together.

Sr. Pat Mulhall (Brigidine) who works at Bakhita House in London spoke movingly about the work of supporting women victims who have been trafficked. Deacon Roger Stone who was the Apostleship of the Sea Port Chaplain for Southampton highlighted the challenging problems of helping victims of human trafficking but of the necessity for the Church to play a key role in supporting them.

John Paul de Quay (Ecological Conversion Group/Social Action Commission) ran some thought provoking workshops challenging us to look at every aspect of our lives and how it effects others and the earth.  Although the problems that the world faces may seem insurmountable and our efforts insignificant; every little bit helps – he reminded as to do all things well – even  recycling!

 

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There were many stalls representing a wide variety of charities and it was clear to see how each one is meeting a need in our society today.  Furthermore, there was a fairtrade stall with a huge array of fairtrade goods to buy. I enjoyed chatting to people about CAFOD and was very impressed to see so many of our CAFOD parish volunteers at ‘The Assembly.’ 

Should you wish to find out more about volunteering for CAFOD please visit our website.

https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer-with-us

CAFOD’s Young Leadership Training Day

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Young Leaders 2018-2019

At CAFOD we recognise that young people can make a huge difference, which is why we want to equip senior students to be Young Leaders  in their local and global communities. CAFOD’s Young Leadership Programme is designed for Sixth Formers and provides them with training to develop leadership skills.

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On Wednesday 16 January, St Peter’s Catholic School in Guildford kindly hosted CAFOD’s second training day for  Young Leaders in their amazing purpose-built St Cecilia’s Hall. The day was ably led by CAFOD’s Sarah Burrows, Young Leadership Coordinator for Youth. There were over sixty Sixth Former attendees from schools across Arundel and Brighton and Portsmouth including: St Peter’s Guildford, Salesian College Chertsey, Cardinal Newman School Hove, Christ the King Isle of Wight, Salesian College Farnborough, St Anne’s Southampton, St Joseph College Reading, Oaklands College Waterlooville, and Farnborough Hill School.

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The day involved prayer, reflection, icebreakers and feedback on how the students had undertaken leadership projects last term. I was amazed at how brilliantly these young people engaged with one another and enthusiastically shared what they had done previously; such as making videos to show awareness of CAFOD, leading CAFOD assemblies to primary school pupils, organising CAFOD stalls, mufty days, cake sales etc.

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During the day they also explored Lent family fast day.   Training was given on CAFOD values, motivating listeners to become engaged in CAFOD projects, hearing about how young leaders work in Colombia and learning how to speak up for justice and peace. In the afternoon they were asked to plan a school fund raising event and present their ideas to a critical ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel who made them justify their decisions! One group even came up with the idea of the Sixth Formers raising money through giving up their time to help out in younger classes.

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My thanks to Sarah Burrows for leading the day, Kevin Mendes and St Peter’s Students and staff for hosting the event, Jo Lewry for her assistance, staff and chaplains from the schools who supported the day; but most of all, to the Young Leaders 2018-2019. You are an inspiration!

There certainly is HOPE for the future when you see the commitment, compassion, energy, drive and creativity of these young people empowered to make a difference. We look forward to seeing you all again for the final day in May.

Happy New Year! What about gifting your time to CAFOD as a new year’s resolution?

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Can I make a difference in 2019? Yes I can!

Why not make a new year’s resolution to make a real difference in 2019?

Perhaps you are tired of the all the negativity you read and hear about in the press?  I know I am! It seems to be relentless doesn’t it? Squabbling politicians, rudeness and intolerance of different points of view; increased violence on our streets, gossip about public figures, overloaded national health service and drones causing havoc to people’s holidays!

One thing I have realised since joining CAFOD is the incredible work that our volunteers do to support us out of the goodness of their hearts. It is truly humbling for me to have met so many really kind, helpful, committed people who want to make a real difference to this world. They come from all walks of life and offer what help they can. These people care so much for the suffering and hardships experienced by so many people and really strive to live more simply and do anything they can to preserve our beautiful world. Indeed, they are unsung heroes.

If you find yourself with some time to spare in 2019; then why not consider volunteering for CAFOD? We have so many roles such as: parish volunteers, media volunteers, office volunteers, campaign volunteers, school volunteers, MP correspondents, and fundraisers to name but a few. With your help, we can make an even BIGGER difference.

Will you help us to transform the lives of our brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas by choosing a different sort of challenge in 2019? New Year’s resolutions with a difference

You can always call me at the Arundel and Brighton office on 01483 89 88 66 or email: arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you.

Jenny Finlayson (Community Participation Coordinator for Arundel and Brighton)