7th June 2018: Volunteer Meet Up and Share the Journey Walk, Hinsley Hall

Your Invitation: Thurs 7th June 12pm: Share the Journey Refugee Walk and Volunteer Week refreshments


To mark ‘Volunteers Week’ (1st – 7th June 2018) we are hosting an event for new, existing and prospective CAFOD volunteers


We would be delighted if you could join us at 12pm on Thursday 7th June 2018, here at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre


12pm Arrival and introductions

12:15pm ‘Share the Journey’ walk around the grounds of Hinsley Hall (please wear weather appropriate clothing)

12:40pm Refreshments and cake served


share the journey logoWe hope being part of the ‘Share the Journey’ short walk on the 7th June here in the grounds of Hinsley Hall might inspire you to organise or attend a Share the Journey walk in your local parish/ deanery. We will have organiser’s guides available for you to take away and prayer cards to share on the day.


We will provide hot and cold drinks, if you would like to bring a small plate of something to share, that would be lovely


Please let us know by email if you would like to attend leeds@cafod.org.uk


Volunteering and Mental Wellbeing

14-20 May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative to encourage discussion about and reduce stigma around mental health issues.

mental health and volunteering

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) poster showing links between volunteering and mental health

Research shows that volunteering is linked to increase self-esteem and better self-reported well-being. Here at CAFOD in Leeds we ensure that our volunteering opportunities are open to those with a mental illness and our volunteering reviews help us to support those who may be managing conditions like depression and anxiety as well as many other forms of mental health issues.


Community Participation Manager, Bronagh Daly has lived with depression and knows from personal experience how volunteering has helped with her mental wellbeing, “My own personal experience with mental health services helps me to connect with volunteers who have similar experiences. We listen to and support our volunteers and we know that volunteering with us can improve mood and reduce isolation”

Daisy First Day Office Volunteer with Share the Journey mail out

Office Volunteer Daisy Speight

Office Volunteer Daisy Speight reflects on the role volunteering has had in her mental wellbeing, “It is helpful to know that I am doing something more than just thinking about myself. Supporting the CPCs with admin that helps parish and school volunteers in a quiet office setting is extremely helpful and I look forward to my days in the volunteer centre”


Helping others can be difficult when we don’t feel so great ourselves, however it can be reassuring to know that the gift of time is valuable. Offering a few hours a week as an office volunteer like Daisy, or speaking at mass about CAFOD on a Sunday, maybe even organising a Share the Journey walk in your parish can make a difference to the lives of many. Our partner agencies working with the world’s poorest families and communities, often tell us that to know we stand in solidarity with our global brothers and sisters makes a real impact.

We don’t all have the same amount of money, but we all do have time on our hands, and can give some of this time to help others.

If you would like to know more about volunteering with CAFOD, please get in touch leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302 or visit our volunteering page to see all our current volunteering vacancies or if you know exactly what you would like to do, please click this link to apply online.

My Office Volunteering Journey so Far.

My first day was VERY surprising. Having spoken to another volunteer I was lead to believe it was going to be quite quiet. Unbeknown to me, there was an event in the office that day and so it was EXTREMELY busy! I was definitely thrown in at the deep end with my volunteering but I couldn’t have been happier. I managed to meet local parish volunteers and organise donations for my own events with the Chaplaincy up at Leeds Trinity University.

Daisy First Day Office Volunteer with Share the Journey mail out

Sending out Share The Journey resources to a local Parish!


The issues that come with starting at a new place were all there on my couple of days.  Firstly, I didn’t have a log in. Then half of the icons disappeared and I had to get IT support. Being the “computer savvy” person that I am, I completely freaked out when IT took control of my computer!

Thankfully, it has settled down and the IT issues are less frequent. The other staff and volunteers welcomed me with open arms and I feel right at home in this little community. I cannot wait for the weeks to come!

My volunteer role is all about supporting the parish and school volunteers and I have learnt so many new skills. I have been in contact with local parishes about volunteering and chasing up on applications, so as many people as possible can join us on this wonderful journey. I have also been encouraging them to join our Share The Journey campaign. I have learnt how to use the franking machine and it turns out I am quite good at it, despite my horrific IT skills (fully expecting to send ALOT more mail!).

If you would like to know more about the amazing work carried out here, please click here.