With just over a month to go, it’s time to get ready for Harvest Family Fast Day. Join us for coffee, croissants and a Harvest Fast Day briefing. Also an opportunity to hear from Naomi Dring CAFOD’s Programme Support Officer for Peru, Bolivia & Colombia talk about how they are responding to climate change and other environmental issues. Find out more about what you can do to change lives with CAFOD’s help. Do join us.
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.
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.
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
St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Surrey GU5 0QX
Congratulations to our Young Leaders from Cardinal Newman Catholic School Hove, Salesian School Chertsey, and St Peter’s Guildford for completing this year’s CAFOD Young Leadership programme.
Over the year they have led assemblies about CAFOD at local Catholic primary schools organised CAFOD information stalls at fairs, raised money through sponsored silences, no phone days, cakes sales, soup lunches and non-uniform days. Thank you to the Young Leaders for all you have done for CAFOD and many thanks to all the Staff who have supported them throughout the year.
On Tuesday 25th June there was a celebration day for all the Young Leaders from schools in the South of England and Christine Allen director of CAFOD presented them with their certificates.
Thank you so much to our Young Leaders for everything you have done to support CAFOD’s work this year and I hope that this will be the beginning of your journey with CAFOD. We have other opportunities to volunteer for CAFOD for example in your parish and don’t forget our Step into the Gap volunteer programme for over 18s.