On Wednesday 29th June, CAFOD Parish Volunteers met up at the Town Hall Café in Hebden Bridge to share ideas and find out more about each other’s parishes.
The volunteer meet up in Hebden Bridge was hosted by Bernadette Gibson, Parish Volunteer at The Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd and advertised in the local bulletins and on social media.
Anne Kirkman is the Parish Volunteer at Sacred Heart and St William in Uppermill. On Wednesday she shared with Bernadette some great ideas for fundraising and planning for Lent and Harvest appeals. Anne said “We have several people involved in speaking at Mass in the lead up to the Lent and Harvest Appeals. We take it in turns to read out the information about why the appeals are so important. We have several people interested in getting more involved.”
Bernadette is keen to set some wheels in motion to start raising awareness and fundraise in her parish of The Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd which is still recovering from the Boxing Day floods. “We are coming close to completion of the building works at our church, and I am energised and inspired by the ideas I have learned from Anne and Susan. I will definitely keep in touch so we can learn more from one another” said Bernadette.
The Volunteer Meets ups will be happening over the next 6 months across the diocese and are a great opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and hear updates from your Community Participation Coordinators, Joanne and Bronagh. If you would like to host a Volunteer Meet up in your parish send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0113) 275 9302
By volunteering, you will know that all of your efforts will contribute to the life of your parish and help many in the world’s poorest communities have more prosperous and fulfilling lives.
If you would like to know more about what is involved in becoming a Parish Volunteer, have a look here, or contact Bronagh and Joanne in the Volunteer Centre based at Hinsley Hall, Leeds (0113) 275 9302