Wow what a fantastic day we had yesterday with 58 Year 12 students from schools in Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth dioceses attending their first training day for the CAFOD Young Leadership programme. Many thanks to the students from Blessed Hugh Faringdon Reading, Cardinal Newman School Hove, Christ the King Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill Farnborough, Salesian School Chertsey, Salesian School Farnborough, Oaklands College Waterlooville, St Anne’s School Southampton , St Joseph”s College Reading and St Peter’s School Guildford for taking on the role of CAFOD Young Leaders in your schools. Your enthusiasm and energy was amazing and we hope you found the day inspiring and informative.
Sarah Burrows from CAFOD’s Youth team started the day with a reflection on CAFOD’s vision and values . After some lively icebreakers the students looked at some statistics on global poverty for example 844 million people still don’t have access to safe drinking water . Then they explored what makes a good leader and the qualities of leadership. Next they participated in On the Move which is a refugee simulation exploring the feelings of people having to flee from their home because of war. The students then worked together in their school groups to plan the activities that will carry out this term in their schools.
On the Move activity
Many thanks to Oaklands College for hosting the day and to Mr Sumba for organising the refreshments for us. Thanks also to Liz Burden and Steve Deadman our school volunteers who helped out on the day and to the staff accompaniers from each school for supporting your students We look forward to hearing about the Young Leaders activities at the second training day in January 2019!
Salesian school Chertsey
Good news! We now have two people who are happy to support you in getting your community campaigning.
Rod Thick, Campaign Volunteer Coordinator
Rod (left) is our Parish Volunteer in St Mary of the Angels in Worthing. Rod has been a great campaigner for many years and knows what is involved in getting a parish engaged in a campaign. The picture was taken as Rod was handing in a petition to Sainsbury’s about their switching away from Fairtrade Tea.
Rod is also our Livesimply Parish Accompanier and, after his parish became our diocese’s first Livesimply Parish he helped Holy Angels in Ash to get the award too. There are several parishes in the diocese working towards the award at present. Do get in touch if you’d like a little help in that regard.
Roger Morton Campaigns Volunteer Coordinator
Roger (right) is a Parish Volunteer in Cranleigh and used to work for CAFOD here in A&B. He has always been passionate about campaigning and has been involved in so many parishes in the past that we’ve lost count. Roger has been helping us Coordinate Campaigns Volunteers for quite a while now and he’s delighted to be joined by Rod.
Roger and Rod will initially seek to support volunteers in Deaneries which don’t yet have an Area Coordinators (Cathedral, Brighton, Eastbourne and Lewes for Rod and Redhill and Woking for Roger). There is still plenty of time to organise a simple walk or a card-signing for our Share the Journey campaign. Our next campaigning moment (for those who have already Shared the Journey with their parish) will be the World Day of Prayer for Creation where we’ll be asking parishes to run a prayer vigil for creation from the 1st of September to the 4th of October.
Roger and Rod will get in touch with our campaigning volunteers over the next few weeks. Do get in touch with us if you’d like to talk to them sooner.
Our thanks go to Rod and Roger and we look forward to future campaigning!
Office volunteers help us with the smooth running of the Volunteer Centre and support us with a variety of administrative tasks. Alastair Anderson started with us in the Volunteer Centre in December 2015 and has helped us with a rich variety of tasks, including keeping track of events and volunteers throughout the diocese and other important admin.
Alastair also acts as a parish volunteer throughout the four-church Parish of Guildford, supporting the volunteer in his own church but also covering the other three churches while we search for a volunteer there. In addition to volunteering in the parish and the office, Alastair is also Area Coordinator, helping us stay in touch with people across the Guildford Deanery.
Alastair volunteers because ‘CAFOD is an organisation working to help others and it gives me the opportunity to help others, to give back to others and to help our brothers and sisters the world over.
‘I also hope that the experience of office administration work that I’ve had at CAFOD will help me career-wise. I enjoy meeting a wide range of new people when volunteering in the Parish, as well as the banter and camaraderie when at the Volunteer Centre.
‘Contact with members of my Parish has given me greater confidence and I find great satisfaction in learning new office skills.
‘If you’re thinking about volunteering, I would say definitely give it a whirl. CAFOD is a continuously evolving and dynamic charity. We are all making a difference in the world – long term to help those affected by poverty. Come and join us.’
Our sincere thanks go to Alastair for his willingness, his time, his efforts and of course, his winning personality and good company.
If you are interested in volunteering please do get in touch – we are looking for all volunteer roles, but in particularly someone to help us with media and social media. There are also quite a few parishes without volunteers so if you’d be able to help us there that would be brilliant!