Volunteer Josie inspires Cub Scouts to ‘Live Simply’

“As part of living sustainably, we plan to make gardens in the ground of St Mary’s and of Holy Name Churches. It would be good if you could be involved in starting these gardens.” These were the words from CAFOD volunteer Josie Liddell as she was speaking to a group of 7,8 and 9 year old cubs who meet on a Thursday evening at Holy Name Church Hall in Leeds.

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Cubs learning about CAFOD Live Simply as part of their Faith Badge

Josie went on to say “We will need bug hotels and help with planting seeds” needless to say the Holy Name Cubs group who are preparing for the Faith Badge were all keen to get involved and play their part to help their parish achieve Live Simply status from CAFOD.

Michael Emly, a CAFOD volunteer and parishioner at the Assumption, Spen Lane, is supporting the Live Simply process across the three churches in the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall which includes Holy Name, Josie’s church. Michael said “Parishioners should get involved because we believe in a God who took flesh – that means we are able to draw close to him through what we do in the humdrum of our daily lives. Moreover we need to pass the earth on to our children and grandchildren in a fit state for them to live and enjoy.”Live simply tomatoes and quote about the award

The livesimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

Some livesimply award communities have encouraged people to walk or cycle to church or school, install solar panels, start recycling schemes, join a climate change campaign, support Fairtrade stalls or donate to a local food bank. The award celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. It helps your community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully

 

Bronagh Daly, works for CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds, and is supporting parishes like Our Lady of Kirkstall to achieve the Live Simply award. Bronagh said “It is wonderful to see CAFOD volunteers reaching out to the youngest members of their parish to inspire them and support them to start the journey of caring for our local environment, grow their own food and learn new ways to minimise their impact on the earth, all whilst living in solidarity with the world’s poorest children and their families.”

 

Bronagh asked Michael what the reaction was within the parish, he said “We’ve had a lot of really positive feedback.   Different people identify with different strands of the project but concern for our world and concern for the poor are very accessible ideas.  And the genius of Pope Francis has been to show how closely the two are linked”

 

If you would like to know more about Live Simply get in touch with either Bronagh or Joanne in the CAFOD volunteer centre or visit the Live Simply page on the CAFOD website

Leeds Primary School Pupils Inspired to Take Climate Change Action!

Leeds primary school pupils have pledged to take climate change action and ‘go outside more’ after an inspiring visit from a CAFOD gap year student. 

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Step into the Gap volunteer Sophie Aulton

Sophie Aulton is spending a year taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ programme and visited St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Beeston and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Rothwell.

The 22-year-old taught St Anthony’s pupils about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which focuses on how supporting cleaner, renewable forms of energy can help people living in poverty around the world.

The Year 2,3,5 and 6 students were motivated by Sophie to take action after being shown the story of Veronica, a Kenyan girl who has benefited from solar panels being fitted at her school.

The pupils then wrote their own heartfelt messages to form a sun.
Sophie said: “The children learned that not everyone in the world is as fortunate as they are, and that the funny things on top of some of their houses, solar panels, can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“My favourite part of that visit was when one child said that to save energy he would start to play outside more instead of playing on his computer all the time!”

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Children wrote their own messages to form a sun

Sophie will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a UK placement. The volunteer will also make an international trip to El Salvador to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside. 

When Sophie visited St Mary’s Primary School, she taught pupils about CAFOD’s values.

 
She continued: “My gap year is going well so far and one of my favourite parts of it is going into schools!

“I do love making students aware of social injustice issues that they don’t usually think about.”

CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign hopes to raise awareness that currently, one in six people live without electricity globally. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest and most efficient way to bring power to the poorest communities.

It means that families don’t have to rely on dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as paraffin lamps and firewood. It enables children to study after dark, nurses to keep vaccines cold and farmers to irrigate crops.

For more information, visit our website.

 

 

 

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.