Volunteer with us

Could you help us with any of these voluntary roles in your local worshipping community?

Parish Organiser
The role of our Parish Organisers is vital. You would be our CAFOD ambassador at your parish, thanking everyone for their support and helping us demonstrate the life-changing work they are making possible all over the world. Your first task would be to find others to help you form a small team. We also know that parishes with volunteer teams feel far more supported and encouraged in their work for CAFOD.

The main focus of the role is around our twice yearly Fast Days (Lent and Harvest). At this time of year, we will contact you to ask you to carry out a number of tasks such as checking that the envelopes have arrived in the parish office, arranging for these to be given out, ensuring a note is in the newsletter, putting up a poster and organising a short talk after each Mass. This really makes all the difference and this is why recruiting a small team to help you is best.

We would also contact our Parish Organisers in the event of a global emergency to keep you informed and to ask for your help at this time.

As our Parish Organiser we’d also need you to keep in touch with us – by email or phone to let us know what’s happening – especially around Fast Days – but we’ll be glad to hear from you at any time of the year.

We are particularly looking for Parish Organiser in these areas: (If your parish isn’t listed here though – we will still need you! Each parish is now forming a small team and your help and enthusiasm would be much appreciated!)

Brighton Deanery
St George, Hove.
St Thomas More, Brighton.
Immaculate Conception, Peacehaven

Cathedral Deanery
Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St Wilfrid, Selsey.
Our Lady of the Assumption, Bosham.

St Richard, Slindon.

No Parish Contacts needed though I’m sure they’d appreciate help if you wanted to join the team.

Eastbourne Deanery
St Gregory, Eastbourne.
St Joachim, Hampden Park, Eastbourne.
The Sacred Heart, Newhaven.
Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne.

Epsom Deanery
St Ann, Banstead
St Peter’s and Our Lady Immaculate, Leatherhead
Guildford Deanery
St Joseph’s, Guildford
St Mary’s, Guildford
St Edwards, Sutton Park
St Teresa of Avila, Chiddingfold

Lewes Deanery
St Paul, Haywards Heath.
Our Lady of Fatima, Staplefield.

Mayfield Deanery

Christ the King, Burwash.
Holy Cross Chapel, Heathfield.

Redhill Deanery
St Joseph, Redhill
St Teresa of The Child Jesus, Merstham.
St Ambrose, Warlingham

St Leonards-on-Sea Deanery
St Mary Star of the Sea, Hastings.
St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill-on-Sea.
St Martha, Little Common.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Sidley.

Weybridge Deanery
St Barnabas, Molesey.
The Sacred Heart, Cobham.

Worthing Deanery
Holy Family, Lancing
St Charles Borromeo, East Worthing

If you feel you could help, please get in touch on 01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

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Parish Volunteer Team Member
Could you help a Parish Coordinator at your local church? We really need more people who are prepared to help out and form a small team. Ideally we’re looking for one or even two volunteers per Mass. This would be enormously helpful to your Parish Organiser (see above) who remains in contact with us here locally. Tasks could include assisting the Organiser with a number of things such as putting up a poster perhaps in each worshipping community, making sure our notices are in the newsletter, thanking people in person for their support, perhaps even speaking – whatever you are able to do to help raise awareness of CAFOD’s work. Your role is incredibly valuable. Parishes with small teams of people to support and encourage one another are real forces for change!

As a parish team member you would receive our monthly e-newsletters and are actively encouraged to keep in touch by, for example, attending our local supporter events or deanery volunteer meetings. Please contact us on 01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk if you feel you could help. We really need more parish team members EVERYWHERE so all offers of assistance will be welcomed!

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Could you give a talk at Mass about CAFOD’s work in your local community? If so – please do get in touch! We’d love to hear from you. We aim to have a short 2 minute talk after every Mass twice a year in each worshipping community around Fast Days to thank communities for their valued support and demonstrate just how much of an impact this is having around the world. The talks are pre-prepared and would be sent to you in advance.

But as a speaker – you may be moved to make a short appeal at other times of the year – at a time of a global emergency for example or about a campaign that you feel passionately about.

If you feel you could help, please get in touch on 01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

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MP Correspondent
Join us and help create a better future for all by becoming an MP correspondent with CAFOD. This is a really important role as through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already changed government policy. In the past few years alone, volunteers have helped secure tough laws to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Around three times a year, you would be asked to send your MP a letter or email on an important global justice issue. You would be given a thorough briefing and then asked to contact your MP. Some MP correspondents also meet with their MPs at their local MP surgeries too. Sign up today here.

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Education Volunteer
The role of a School or Education Volunteer is really varied and rewarding. Visits are organised around your availability and you can choose whether you work in a primary or secondary school (or both). We try to link each Education Volunteer to at least one school and we generally ask you to make contact with that school at least once a term (so at least three times a year). You may be asked to deliver an assembly or a longer classroom based session. The range of topics again can vary – from speaking generally on global injustice to talking about a particular theme such as health, food, Fairtrade, or water etc.

We have lots of resources to help and we offer full training. Volunteers are not expected to be an expert or have a teaching background but what is essential is an ability to communicate with young people. The training for this position is normally an Understanding CAFOD session in this diocese followed by 2 days in length and held at CAFOD Head Office in Romero House, London.

We particularly need Education Volunteers in the Weybridge Deanery, the Epsom Deanery, the Redhill Deanery and the Crawley Deanery. Though volunteers everywhere would be very welcome.

For more information on this role, please find a leaflet with more information here, a role description here and an application form here. Please contact us on 01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk if you are interested.

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Office Volunteer

Our office is based in St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and we have a handful of great and loyal volunteers who help us out with various administrative and IT tasks. Are you able to spare a few hours every week and can you make your way to our office? This can be a great way to hone skills and add experience to a CV or use some newly found spare time (just retired or children just gone to school). Having experience in basic IT is helpful but a willingness to learn is a good substitute.

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Area  Coordinator

We need people who will support Parish Volunteers across a Deanery and arrange meetings twice a year where the Parish Volunteers come together for support, arranging joint events and to hear about upcoming Fast Days. Meetings can take place in people’s homes, local Parishes or elsewhere. Area Coordinators can also help recruiting Parish Volunteers in Parishes which have no volunteer.

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