6th Jan 2020: Volunteering and CAFOD volunteer centre re-opening

Have you considered volunteering for CAFOD as your New Year resolution?

Sign up HERE to put your faith into action and support our schools and parishes as they pray, campaign and fundraise to help families and communities living in the world’s poorest communities

Volunteer VACANCIES: 

  • Office volunteer x 2 (editing and updating the database)
  • Communications volunteer x 2 (updating our social media and eBulletins)
  • Education volunteer x 6 (visiting schools, delivering workshops and assemblies)
  • Campaign volunteers x 6 (either in parishes or here in the office, sharing campaign news and organising events)

So, what are you waiting for…..sign up today and join our team of fabulous volunteers

For more information, speak to Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

We will respond to your application when the volunteer center opens again on the 6th Jan 2020

2019: A look-back and message of thanks

We started 2019 by waving our gap year volunteer, Madeline, off on her trip to Uganda with messages of support and solidarity from supporters and volunteers from across the diocese.madeline in ufganda

 

In the run up to our Lent 2019 Fast Day appeal, we met with supporters and volunteers at two Inter-generational days in Bingley and Skipton

 

We welcomed our newly appointed Director, Christine Allen, to our Diocese Lenten Lookback on the 5th April, as we looked through posters, leaflets and resources from the 1960s up to recent years and chatted with volunteers who have supported CAFOD for over 40 years.Lenten Lookback

 

Our school volunteers continued to visit local Catholic primary and secondary schools, and we held our first CAFOD Children’s Liturgy meeting in May, with two liturgists saying they would like to train as new school volunteers.

Children from local schools and parishes met with CAFOD’s DRC Country Rep to hear about how Climate Change is having an impact on livelihoods in some of the poorest communities and we talked about what we can do to support with fundraising, prayer and campaigning.

 

As the summer approached we ramped up our campaigning spirit and lobbied 100s of MPs at the Mass Lobby of parliament in June and our CPC, Bronagh Daly, wrapped local MP Alex Sobel up in a ‘The Time is Now’ banner whilst asking what he will do to make sure our country reduces carbon emissions to net Zero by 2045. Alex Sobel with Gappers June Mass Lobby

 

Moving on towards late summer and harvest, many parishes and schools across the Diocese continued to arrange Creation Masses and signed petitions for more action on Net Zero from government. Across the Bradford Deanery plans were under way to host a week of celebrations and conversations on Climate Change

 

As Madeline’s gap year came to a close, she gave us an insight into her year as a volunteer with CAFOD and how much her trip to Uganda had changed her view on social action and how we can all play our part in the fight for equality.

1800 children attended workshops and assemblies across the diocese led by our local CAFOD school volunteers hearing about water projects in Uganda over the Harvest period, THANK YOU so much to all the schools who prayed, campaigned and fundraised so families living in the world’s poorest communities can flourish.

 

And so, we arrive at Advent, a time when we reflect on the nativity story, and remember this is a time for giving. A time to stretch out the hand to the stranger, offer food to the hungry and shelter to those in need of care.

On behalf of all the CAFOD supporters, staff and volunteers here in the Diocese of Leeds we would like to thank you for all your prayers, your many 100s of hours of volunteering and offers of support wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Our Volunteer center will be open again on Monday the 6th January 2020 so please get in touch if you would like to find out more about volunteering for CAFOD.

4th Nov 2019: Leeds Diocese Core Team meeting for CAFOD

Our next CAFOD in Leeds Core Team meeting will be held at The Briery, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley, LS29 9BW on Monday 4th November 2019.

Please email leeds@cafod.org.uk to book your place

Briery centre IlkleyWe have 3 remaining places on this event, it is a small event where we invite CAFOD supporters and volunteers to help shape our work in the Diocese of the coming years

Exploring CAFOD’s new strategic framework

As our previous strategic framework comes to an end, we are taking a fresh look at our direction in our new ten-year framework ‘Our Common Home’. We have rephrased our vision, mission and values and affirmed Pope Francis’ mandate on the environment by focussing on ‘integral ecology’.

We would like to discuss your reactions to the framework and hear your views on how you see it impacting our work with the Catholic community and how you carry out your volunteering.

We’ll make sure we have time to unpack any unfamiliar language and will have a colleague who has been closely involved in drafting the framework to help guide us and answer any questions.

A member of CAFOD Leadership team will also be invite to join us, I will let you know who this is, once it has been confirmed

 

Date:  Monday 4th November 11am

Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Venue: The Briery, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley, LS29 9BW

Aim of the meeting: Exploring CAFOD’s new strategic framework