Three Little Pigs, Christmas Gifts and a School Full of Smiles

One Little Pig in The Philippines

One Little Pig in The Philippines

Four Years ago, this November, Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm to make landfall, hit The Philippines. Schools, parishes and individuals generously donated to our emergency appeal which raised £5.4 Million in total. The response from schools was fantastic with a huge range of fundraising activities arranged from cake sales to 24-hour basketball marathons.

We have a team of Schools Visitors who can offer an interactive assembly for your primary school which is especially accessible for Key Stage One as it is includes the story of the 3 Little Pigs.

Advent is on the way

With Advent quickly approaching our volunteer visitors can also help ensure our global family are part of your reflections and celebrations.

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Reading Launches our Young Leaders

Many thanks to our new CAFOD Young Leaders who attended their first day of training yesterday at St Joseph’s College Reading. Year 12 students from three schools in the diocese signed up to the training: St Peter’s in Guildford, St George’s in Weybridge and Salesians in Chertsey. They joined students from the Portsmouth Diocese meaning that  60 young people have volunteered to be CAFOD Young Leaders.

St Peter's students speaking to the other leaders

St Peter’s students from Guildford speaking to the other leaders

Sarah Burrows from CAFOD’s Youth team started the training by welcoming the students and staff, and reflecting on “our place in the world” . After a few lively ice breakers the students matched up facts  and figures from the World Statistics activity which included the fact the 1.1 billion people don’t have access to electricity.  Then the students explored their idea of a leader and shared their thoughts on the qualities of leadership.

CAFOD's Sarah Burrows inspiring young leaders

CAFOD’s Sarah Burrows inspiring young leaders

The afternoon focussed on CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and with the help of a variety resources the Young Leaders were asked to produce a short presentation to promote the campaign.

The day concluded with the Power to Be activity where everyone was asked to write a thought or prayer about access to energy on a ray and place it on the sun.

Young leaders have the Power to Be

Young leaders have the Power to Be

Many thanks to the staff from the schools who are supporting the students in this training and for accompanying yesterday. Also thanks to St Joseph’s college Reading who hosted the day and provided excellent refreshments!

We look forward to hearing  how the Young Leaders promote the Power to Be campaign in their schools -do send us your photos, and see you for next training day on 25th January.

Are you inspired? Why not join in our Power to Be campaign or look into taking part in our Gap Year Program.

Perhaps you want to help our work with children and young people and are interested in becoming a Schools Volunteer? Get in touch with us if we can help. or 01483 898 866.

The Power to Be Sun

The Power to Be Sun

Could changing the world start with you visiting your local schools?

CAFOD is looking for volunteers in to present assemblies and workshops in Primary or Secondary schools.

Children of St John's Primary School in Horsham creating a large fish out of £1 and £2 coins.

St John’s Fish – Lots of £1 and £2 coins growing into a giant fish

We currently have a small team of school volunteers who deliver assemblies and workshops in their local schools . They help children and young people learn about Global Poverty and inspire them to take action.The hours are flexible and will involve visiting schools on weekdays so some degree of availability during the week is needed. The time you commit is flexible depending on your preference and the needs of the schools you visit. One visit a month might be a realistic expectation.


Anne Barry, School Volunteer visiting Sacred Heart Primary, Hastings

Full training and support is given by CAFOD, with training happening three times a year. Expenses are covered too.

“It’s a lovely team of people,’ said Martin from CAFOD Arundel and Brighton, ‘who are a delight to work with. They are people who use their talents (or learn some new ones) so freely and joyfully in support of CAFOD and local schools in the hope of building a better world. My wish is that we had a few more to join the team, especially in Surrey.

“We would do what we can to support them and our existing volunteers would accompany them in their first few visits until they were happy to go in alone.

“Some are retired teachers but not all. Whoever has the willingness to learn and desire to build a better world could make a good School Volunteer.”

Would you be interested? Email or phone 01483 898 866 if you would like to know more.