Meet CAFOD Volunteer, Alastair Anderson

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,Alastair Anderson 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!

Understanding CAFOD in Bexhill-on-Sea on 17th Feb 10am-2pm (Lunch and Mass Included!)

We would like to invite you to our Exploring CAFOD morning at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall in Bexhill-on-Sea on Saturday the 17th of February

CAFOD's founders

CAFOD’s founders

Exploring CAFOD

Where does CAFOD work?

What do we do?

How can you help?

These and other questions answered

Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her twomonthold baby girl Talent

Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her two-month-old baby girl Talent

10:30am – 2pm

All welcome at 10am for the parish Mass.

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Hall, Sea Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1RH.

Tea, coffee & a delicious soup lunch will be provided.

All are welcome to this free event so please do consider inviting a friend or members of your J&P or CAFOD group.

Contact CAFOD A&B for more information or to let us know you’re intending to come.

01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

Click below for a poster to advertise the event.

UC Poster St Leonards Feb 2018

UC Bexhill Pic

A Happy New Year For All

We often make resolutions for the new-year, promises that will improve our lives and those of others. Why not make volunteering for CAFOD your resolution?

Many of the biggest changes in the world have come from groups of people saying ‘I will’ together. Help us share God’s love by ending poverty. Help us reach everyone in poverty.

We need people in our local Churches raising awareness of poverty and our work to alleviate it. We need people to visit schools, or contact their MPs on issues of importance. We need people to pray for our work. Could you make this your number one resolution?

Two of our wonderful volunteers, Jackie and Brian

Two of our wonderful volunteers, Jackie and Brian

Could you take up one of these resolutions to change the world? Click on the links to find out more.

  1. Volunteer for CAFOD – In parishes, schools or in many other ways – see above.
  2. Pray for the work of CAFOD and our world one day each week.
  3. Make a regular gift to support our work. You can even specifically support our work in emergencies or in your Parish’s Connect2 Community.
  4. Write (or change) your will this year. Could you consider leaving a gift to CAFOD? We have info on how to do this for free.
  5. Use our resources in church with Confirmation, Communion or Children’s Liturgy.
  6. Sign up to receive updates from our blog.
  7. Campaign with us – raise your voice about issues of injustice.
  8. Hold an event in your community to raise awareness or funds for CAFOD – Use your talents, passions and your imagination. Do what you enjoy, and do it for CAFOD. Our Family Fast Day is a perfect opportunity to do this.
  9. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
  10. Become an MP Correspondent – help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power

Contact us on 01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk and let’s try and make this a happy new year for all. It will be a New Year’s Revelation.

Come Lord Jesus, come and let your light shine through us so that through our actions we may be salt for the earth, a light in people’s sight and that we might reach out to you in one another, especially those in need.