Power to Be round-up from across our Diocese

We are delighted to see such a great response to our ‘Power to Be’ campaign, there have been a lot of campaign actions taken in churches and schools. Thank you for sending us pictures and updates of how you have got your local community involved in the campaigning action, supporting our global brothers and sisters to have increased access to clean, sustainable renewable energy.

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share

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CAFOD volunteers; Ciara, Sophie, Patrick are joined by CAFOD’s Bolivia Programme Officer Nikki Evans to promote the Power to Be campaign during the week of action.

We have received ‘Power to Be’ sun actions from many schools across the diocese including:

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wetherby
St Wilfred’s Catholic Primary School, Ripon
St Robert’s Catholic Primary School, Harrogate
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Knaresborough
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Harrogate

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Schools across the diocese have received visits from trained CAFOD Schools Volunteers learning more about how The World Bank could do so much more to invest in long term sustainable renewable energy projects to help the poorest communities.

 

 

Parishioners at Our Lady of Kirkstal held two signings at churches in their parish; both at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Cookridge and also at the Assumption of Our Lady church, Spen Lane.

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Parishioners getting involved in the card signing action at the Assumption of our Lady church, Spen Lane Leeds.

 

Michael Emly, CAFOD volunteer at Our Lady of Kirkstal said ” Parishioners were very supportive of the card-signing event.  Because our parish CAFOD group is well-established and regularly organises events like this, we have a good relationship and the majority of those attending Mass are very willing to help in whatever way we ask.  We got 45 cards signed on Sunday which represents well over half of all the adults who attended Mass.  And we encouraged them to take home the other half of the card and read more about the campaign.”

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Cathy Mc Partlan encouraging parishioners at Holy Name or Jesus, Cookridge to take action in the ‘Power to Be’ campaign.

 

Cathy Mc Partlan spoke about her experience of the ‘Power to Be’ card signing which was held at her church last Sunday, “It is a really simple ask of our parishioners as all they have to do is sing the card and send it off, we have had several people com up to us and offer support, saying they will take the cards home and send them off. It is important to put pressure on the World Bank to invest in renewable energy, it is so cost effective and I am happy to do my bit to spread the message”

If you would like some cards to organise a signing session after mass, please get in touch with Bronagh or Joanne (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

For more information about Power to Be resources and guides click here

If you would like to book a school visit using the Power to Be resources email us at leeds@cafod.org.uk with your details and a named person we can arrange the visit with. All our Schools volunteers are specially trained to deliver the ‘Power to Be’ resources.

Step Into the Gap

Are you aged 18 – 30 and thinking about taking a gap year? Passionate about global justice? Want to put your faith into action volunteering for a charity?

stig-poster-picStep into the Gap, CAFOD’s gap year programme, is an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit an international CAFOD partner

The deadline for applications to CAFOD’s gap year programme is fast approaching. For anyone aged 18 – 30: an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas.

The deadline is 13th March. For all information and how to apply visit www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year

For more information, please contact Catherine Jones or Lucy Jardine on 0207 095 5308

CAFOD volunteers give 4 key tips for successful volunteering

To celebrate National Volunteer’s Week, we asked volunteers from across the North East for their key tips and tricks that they could give to others. Here they chat to media coordinator Katie Binns about what they have learnt and what mistakes not to make:  

  1. “Use familiar objects to help children understand your message or appeal” 
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Jo giver her tip to help Schools volunteers

Jo Woodhead,  schools volunteer for the Leeds diocese, explains why using familiar objects works so well with children: “When I was giving a schools workshop on a famine campaign last year, I split the children into groups to represent continents and gave them each different amounts of bread rolls. I shared it out unequally to get the message across that many communities in Africa have very little to eat compared to us here in the UK. They understood almost instantly and started a discussion on what we could do to help. Remember though to explain what the bread is for before handing it out otherwise the students will have eaten it all before you have begun your workshop!”

2. “Always write down and reflect on what you did that worked well”

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Danielle suggests how to talk to the CAFOD community

Danielle Story, Step into the Gap volunteer from the Hexham and Newcastle diocese, shares her tip on talking to members of the CAFOD community: “Always do a fun but short icebreaker with any group you meet, you can use it to introduce the theme you are there to talk about. Also write down everything you’ve done after the talk or event so you can go back to it if you ever need to do something similar in another parish or to get more ideas and inspiration – I always forget what I’ve done otherwise and wouldn’t be able to improve as a volunteer!”

3. “Keep yourself up to date with CAFOD’s latest campaigns and appeals”

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Liam explains why doing your research is key

Liam Finn, UK News Officer and previous office volunteer for the Middlesbrough diocese, explains why researching before any event is key: “I’ve worked with CAFOD supporters across the country who have run races, walked on marches, or prayed on pilgrimages to support our appeals and campaigns – finding out their stories and telling them to a wider audience in newspapers, on radio and television, and in blogs and tweets. I would definitely say find out as much as you can about the different things that are going on in CAFOD – what we’re campaigning on or fundraising for. That way you know what to look for or talk about at every event.”

4. “Try to look at the story from a different angle”

Jo Hendrick

Joanne working in the Nottingham volunteer centre

Communications volunteer Joanne Hendrick, from the Nottingham diocese, explains how to write an engaging CAFOD piece: “I guess something I’ve always used from working in Communications, is not to just document an event for article verbatim, but make notes on the atmosphere too-it’s always helped me to make a piece of writing come alive!”

Find out how you can become a CAFOD volunteer