VACANCY: School Volunteer Leeds Deanery

Are you a parent with some free days during the week in school term time? Perhaps you have delivered Children’s Liturgy sessions and would like to support young people learn more about CAFOD in a school setting? We would love to hear from you and support you on an amazing journey into volunteering to raise awareness and support for our work as the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.

Could you spare a few days a month to visit your local Catholic primary or secondary schools to share with young people updates on justice, international development and faith in action to support people living in the poorest communities. 

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As a CAFOD School Volunteer for the Leeds Deanery, this role will take you into Catholic primary and secondary schools to deliver 15 min assemblies and 45 min workshops using pre-prepared CAFOD education resources and power-point presentations.

The School Volunteer Training Day 1 is on 15th October 2019, at St Urban’s Church Hall in Leeds.

Sign up here to apply for this rewarding volunteer role.

After Day 1, you will make a supervised visit to a local primary school and then, if successful, you will proceed to Day 2 training. DBS checks, references and an interview are required to fulfill the volunteer position.

All inquiries please speak to Bronagh Daly leeds@cafod.org.uk

https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Sign-up

 

VACANCY: Office Volunteer

Administrative volunteers play a vital role in helping CAFOD work with hundreds of volunteers across the Diocese of Leeds.

As an office volunteer you will be based in at our Volunteer Centre at St Monica’s in the grounds of Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 2BX.  APPLY HERE 

El Salvador Prep Sophie Joe and Kathy

You will work closely with other volunteers and staff, and get a first-hand view of how people across their local deaneries are helping to make a difference for communities overseas.

Responsibilities for this volunteer role include:

 

  • Data entry
  • Handling correspondence via email and telephone
  • Collaborating with volunteer coordinators to support other volunteers

 

For more information, contact Bronagh Daly, Community Participation Coordinator for the Diocese of Leeds for more information (0113) 275 9302  bdaly@cafod.org.uk or fill in the SIGN UP form here to become our next CAFOD office volunteer.

 

Madeline looks back on her Gap year with CAFOD

We’re now in the last month of my year on CAFOD’s Step into the Gap Programme, and what a year it’s been! From school visits to vegetable quizzes, prayer breakfasts in Leeds to sitting around a fire in Moroto, Uganda, not many can claim that their last year has been so varied!

Madeline Woods with Nicole, Clementina in Uganda

Nicole, Clementina and myself. Clementina is a midwife in a health centre which is supported by CAFOD in Moroto, Uganda. She gives everything she can to her community without a second thought, including ripping up her own bedsheets to make baby blankets!

I have had so many opportunities this year that I never would have had otherwise. My trip to Uganda is the obvious big one, and the things I saw, experienced and learned on that trip will undoubtedly stay with me for the rest of my life. I have been on BBC Radio Leeds 3 times, something which this time last year would have been unimaginable. I have stood in front of a room of 180 Year 7s and spoken about CAFOD without so much as a quiver in my voice, which again, a year ago, would have had me a nervous wreck. I’ve met so many incredible people through CAFOD and through my placement at Leeds Trinity University, and am certain that I have made friends for life. My office at my placement is right next to a beautiful Chapel, too, meaning that whenever I fancy, I can pop in and take some time to sit in the quiet. My faith has developed so much from this, from having conversations with the Chaplaincy team and experiencing retreat opportunities like Youth 2000, and I am going to be leaving this role a more well-rounded and confident person.

Madeline Woods with LTU hannah and Sisters thumbs up and recycle coffee cups

Myself, Hannah (the Chaplain at Leeds Trinity), Sister Catherine Mary and Sister Thérèse at Tea on the Landing, celebrating the launch of our recyclable cups and adding our thumbs-ups to the banner for the Climate Change Lobby on June 26th.

I would like to think that I’m not the only person who has benefitted from my year as a CAFOD Gapper, as I have spoken to many people about the work that CAFOD do and what they can do to make their world a better place – with a month left to go, the official number of people I have spoken to about CAFOD is at over 1,000!

 

I’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone I have met throughout the last year. Leeds Trinity University Chaplaincy, everyone at Trinity, my fellow gappers, CAFOD Leeds, broader CAFOD staff and volunteers… the list goes on!

 

On to the next adventure…

Click the link if you would like to know more about CAFOD’s gap year programme Step into the Gap or call (0113) 275 9302 to speak to Bronagh.