27th July deadline: Callout to young people to send Frank Cottrell-Boyce your messages of Hope!

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We are so excited to announce that children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce will creating a unique piece of writing on behalf of CAFOD around the theme of ‘hope’ – but we need your help!

Over July, Frank hopes to capture children’s and young people’s thoughts and feelings to help him create this unique piece for CAFOD’s Summer of Hope.

So, we are inviting all young people across England, Wales and internationally to be a part of this hopeful, inspirational piece.

Time to get involved!

To take part, all you need to do is tell us – in just one word, or one sentence, in a picture or design – what gives you hope.

Please email your ideas, along with your first name, your age and your town, to schools@cafod.org.uk before Monday 27 July – and make sure to ask permission from an adult first!

We will then share this piece through our schools’ work and on our digital channels in September. You can keep up to date with all our latest news by following our social media channels:

CAFOD in Leeds Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CafodLeeds

CAFOD in Leeds on Twitter – https://twitter.com/CAFODLeeds

CAFOD Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafod/

Please note, by sending in your submission (whether written or drawn) you give CAFOD permission to reproduce it for use for this project, and others, including media work.

Thurs 18th June 10am, LIVE on CAFOD YouTube; School Assembly


18 June 2020


Watch on YouTube

Summer of Hope Assembly with date

Join this live assembly to hear how the lives of others around the world are being impacted by coronavirus

  • Be informed about what is happening
  • Be inspired about how hope can change lives
  • Become active in making a difference

Learn how you, with your friends and families, can have fun while also making a difference to others in these unprecedented times.

How can I watch the assembly?

Join us on Thursday 18 June at 10am to be involved in the YouTube Premiere.

Watch on CAFOD’s YouTube channel


Please click here for the CAFOD Assembly 18th June Summer of Hope Guidance notes for School staff and parents (to help your children join in the assembly)

Thank you to all CAFOD local volunteers in our Diocese

National Volunteers Week started yesterday.

We want to take this opportunity to say “THANK YOU” to all the wonderful school and parish volunteers across the Diocese of Leeds who put their faith into action and help others to care for our common home.



1-7 June marks Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the millions of people who give up their time to help their communities and country. And this year, there are more people to thank than ever before.

For ore information about how to celebrate our volunteers click here

A record-breaking year

6,305 CAFOD volunteers in England and Wales across 15 volunteering roles gave an average of 27,862 hours each month.

That’s the equivalent of 334,344 hours over the course of a year – a record-breaking 100,000 more hours than last year!