Garforth school children bid farewell to CAFOD schools volunteers

Catherine and Pat last school volunteer assembley three little pigsChildren from St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Garforth, showed their gratitude to two long standing CAFOD school volunteers who have been visiting schools for over 18 years across the Diocese of Leeds.

Catherine Simpson and Pat Atha were presented by the school children from the ‘Mini Vinnies’ group with two World Gifts cards, on behalf of the school to say thank you for supporting them as they put their faith in to action, in response to the cry of the poor.

Mr John Woolley, Head of School said “It has been wonderful to have Catherine and Pat come in to visit our school over the years, especially as they are part of our church community and the children make that connection when they see them at Mass on Sundays. Having the school volunteers with us, helps put the work of CAFOD into context and it is an opportunity for us to reflect and give thanks for the generosity of the children and their families.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly attended this farewell assembly delivered by Catherine Simpson and said “Catherine has so much energy in her delivery and story telling, the children listened to every word and really got involved in the assembly. They learned about how CAFOD responds to emergencies and supports communities to embrace long term sustainable practices to earn an income and send their children to school.

Bronagh added, “We really appreciate the efforts of all our schools volunteers, and we are really excited to meet anyone who wants to follow in Catherine and Pat’s footsteps. We provide training and support for anyone interested in becoming a school volunteer, please sign up here or for more information you can contact or call (0113) 275 9302 for an application form.

Year 8 Holy Family, Carlton walk 300 miles in solidarity with refugees

Holy Family Carlton year 8 pupils have recently put their faith into action and took part in the ‘Share the journey’ campaign. The students from Carlton, Selby learned a lot about the refugee crisis during the walk, and reflected on how they would feel if they were walking in the shoes of those fleeing danger, persecution, famine and unknown hardships.

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Year 8 students from Holy Family, Carlton walk in solidarity with refugees

Sara Lambert, Lay Chaplain at Holy Family Catholic High School in Carlton, said “We went to Goathland and Whitby and we walked 12 miles together. There was 25 of us so in total we walked 300 miles! The pupils loved taking part.”

The students from Year 8 had an opportunity to learn more about the plight of their global brothers and sisters who need our support to call on Government leaders to support those seeking refuge. One year 8 student said “I don’t know how refugees do what they do as I found the walk itself hard for me!”  

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If your school would like to follow in the footsteps of this amazing group of Year 8 students, click this link to download your Organiser’s Guide and also, you can find all the resources you need for your walk here. Don’t forget to add your total miles to the totaliser and send us your pictures to so we can share on social media and inspire more schools to follow in your footsteps!!!

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.

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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.