Could your Parish support Connect 2 communities?

The Connect2 scheme is your chance to take a journey with ordinary people leading extraordinary lives, by fundraising as a Parish community.

The money you raise will support our work in your partner community and in other communities like theirs throughout their country. You really can help transform lives.

Connect 2 is a chance to link the faiths of two parishes from across the world. Joining Connect 2 gives an insight into the different Catholic cultures of churches in countries that CAFOD and its partners work within. It allows for real life examples of how CAFOD positively affects communities across the globe, and enables a community to be a real part of CAFODs work.Connect2 world image and logo

Joining one parish to another allows a strong bond to be formed between the two, living in solidarity with each other.

Joe Burns, member of the Assumption Church in Leeds said “people in our church community feel as though they have got to know the Puentecitos community through the updates provided by CAFOD”. Joe went on to say “Our congregation of the Assumption Church has been visited in recent years by two members of our connecting parish from El Salvador and we were able to engage face to face with them learning more about their community and life style.”

The Church has put on a South American evening, in which they celebrated, ate and danced South American style. To raise money the congregation held an Auction of Promises and managed to raise £2,000 for their connecting church and surrounding community. Events like this are a way of bringing the work that CAFOD does to life, as well as helping continue helping those in need in other areas of the world.

This is just one example of a Connect 2 community and the contribution that they have made to a Parish 5,341 miles away. Connect 2 is a way of joining with CAFODs overseas partners on a personal level, and seeing first-hand the difference that money raised has on the communities.

Would you like your church to become a Connect 2 parish? Follow the link below for more information and the sign up page!
http://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Parish-fundraising/Connect2

Sat 17th June 2017 Bradford, St John Church; Understanding CAFOD and Volunteer Meet Up

Are you interested in supporting CAFOD? Come and find out:

  • Who we are
  • What we stand for
  • Where we work
  • How we campaign
  • Why we need your help

Understanding CAFOD June 2017 Bradford

Come along and learn more about how you can get involved in your local parish or school by becoming a CAFOD Volunteer.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place or for more information please email leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302

27th May 2017. Week of Action, Climate Lobby Training – Leeds

Week of Action 2017The Climate Coalition and Hope for the Future are offering free training for anyone seeking to engage their MP on climate change.

With three years of first hand experience and research into the most effective ways of engaging MPs on the topic of climate change, Hope for the Future’s training will provide support and advice to those wishing to make an impact on their MP.

The training will equip all those preparing for the Climate Coalition’s Speak Up Week of Action, from 1st – 9th July. Speak Up is a week of community events organised by campaigners to celebrate the people, places, and things they want to protect most from climate change. Find out more information here: www.weekofaction.org.uk.

The training will include;

– Practicalities of setting up a meeting and organising events.

– Effective communication with MPs and how to engage particularly challenging MPs.

– An opportunity to share good practice with other lobbyists.

– Hearing directly from policy makers and MPs what makes for effective lobbying.

Due to venue capacity there are limited spaces for the training so please register in advance. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to organise your own event during Week of Action, please look here for more support and resources or contact Joanne at your local CAFOD Volunteer Centre in Leeds (0113) 275 9302 or email leeds@cafod.org.uk