Leeds Trinity Learns to Live Simply for All Saints Day

On all Saints Day at Leeds Trinity University Step into the Gap Volunteer Madeline Woods held a CAFOD stall to raise awareness on the environment and living simply. We asked Madeline what the event was all about.

  1. What was on the table? What props did you use?

“The fruit and vegetables I had on the table for people to identify were:

Papaya Celeriac Pomegranate Persimmon/Sharon Fruit (Purple) Carrot Onion Grapefruit Ginger Pumpkin Passion Fruit Radish Turnip/Swede Aubergine/Eggplant Pomelo and pepper

Also I had a CAFOD banner, posters and a donation box as well as leaflets about CAFOD for people to take. I provided a notebook on the table for people to jot down any ideas they have about how we as individuals, the university, the world! can be more green.”

  1. What did you invite people to do when they were at the table? Madeline explained
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CAFOD gapper Madeline quizzes staff and students on Live Simply

“I primarily asked people to take part in the vegetable quiz. I also asked people for any ideas of how we could be greener.”

  1. What was the reaction of the people who took part?

“People really enjoyed the vegetable quiz and gave me a lot of positive feedback. The weird looking vegetables enticed people in, and I could then speak to them about CAFOD and Live Simply.”

  1. What do you think will happen next from this action?

“Staff and students at the university, as well as people in the local community, now know who I am more, and know about CAFOD and the work we do. Students at the university will feel they have had a say in live simply, as it is the ideas they provided which will be the basis of the programme here.”

  1. How did you feel doing this action?

“I felt that the whole day was amazing, and being able to chat with people about CAFOD is always wonderful. I got to build relationships with so many people through just talking about vegetables, which is a sentence I never thought I’d say!”

  1. What would you say to encourage others to do this?

“I would really encourage students and parishes to take part as it is a really good thing to do.  What’s more the vegetables were kindly donated by Sarah Marston at Morrison’s in Horsforth, who is the Community Champion. This means that the event was free to run, raised awareness of CAFOD and meant that the winner got a huge amount of fruit and vegetables! Providing students with food, talking about an amazing charity and getting to talk about weird looking veg – what could be better? ”

  1. What will you be planning next?

Madeline said “Off the back of this stall, I intend to launch Live Simply here at the university. The students have given me some wonderful ideas for getting the university to be greener, and are already involved.”

 

Madeline Steps into the Gap at LTU

We are delighted to welcome Madeline Woods to CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds as a ‘Step into the Gap’ Volunteer. Madeline started her placement at Leeds Trinity University 4 weeks ago, welcoming Fresher’s and returning students and sharing opportunities for them to explore their faith through the chaplaincy services.

Madeline will be supporting the Chaplaincy team with CAFOD campaigns, prayer and fundraising actions throughout the year. As part of her year with CAFOD, Madeline will be visiting local schools and parishes to talk about her experience in Global Development and is currently preparing for her international visit, working with our charity partners in, Uganda.

 

Madeline has done quite a few things such as helping with tea on the landing at Leeds Trinity University and talking to staff and students about CAFOD. Recently Madeline organised a soup event for Harvest fast day raising £25, from doing this Madeline was able to raise awareness for CAFOD.

 

Today Madeline met the Mini Vinnies at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School in Leeds, to hear about their fundraising for CAFOD to support the people in Indonesia

 

If you would like to invite Madeline to your school or parish, please get in touch with Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or send us an email to leeds@cafod.org.uk

 

For more information about CAFOD’s gap year programme ‘Step into the Gap’ please click here

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Inspired by our Gapper’s trip to El Salvador

Bronagh Daly, Community Participation Coordinator at Leeds CAFOD reflects on an inspirational talk from Gap year volunteer Sophie Aulton.

“We gathered together for a talk and shared lunch today to hear all about Sophie’s trip to El Salvador with CAFOD earlier in the year as part of the ‘Step into the Gap’ programme.

el sal lunch sophie“I introduced Sophie to the audience, reflecting on how my faith has grown through Sophie being around. Her curiosity, enthusiasm, hard work and humility has impressed and inspired not only me, but everyone who has the pleasure of meeting Sophie.

“Our new office volunteer (who Sophie helped to recruit) led us in a prayer and Sophie began her talk.

“We were joined by parish and school volunteers, a volunteer area coordinator , a CAFOD Programme Manager and campaigns volunteers. It was another full house at the CAFOD volunteer centre, all interested to hear how CAFOD money, resources and skills are utilised in El Salvador. Sophie shared an informative, inspiring and fast paced overview of 6 projects she visited, how the work is developed with local community groups and tackling issues including gang violence, gender equality, finance, farming, livelihoods and nutrition.

sophie talk el salv“Sophie shared a humorous overview of her struggles with the language barrier and how playing with young children broke down an awkward moment whilst the interpreter was elsewhere. Sophie shared with us precious moments she encountered with families who CAFOD projects have helped over the last decade.

“We heard about Sophie’s time with bee keepers, micro entrepreneurs, cheese-makers and community loans custodians, all thankful for the support CAFOD has given their communities to grow and prosper. If ever you wanted to be inspired to campaign, pray and act for equality this was the presentation to be at.

“After questions and answers about the impact of the STIG programme and comments from our Bolivia Programme Manager, Nikki Evans about shared learning we carried on our conversations over a shared lunch.

shared lunch“We love having shared lunches here at CAFOD, I am always excited to see what people bring. A parish volunteer who had travelled to EL Salvador several years ago share food and insight from his trip. Our new office volunteers got a change to meet with a wide range of volunteers and all in all I finished my week at the volunteer centre feeling renewed. I feel so blessed to work for CAFOD and to help parishes and schools respond to the cry of the poor. I am always reminded of the generosity of CAFOD volunteers and supporters and on behalf of Sophie, I would like to thank you all for the donations you have made today to help her with her fundraising target of £500 for CAFODs work with the worlds poorest children and their families.

If you would like to know more about becoming a volunteer in your local parish or school, click here or contact us (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

Perhaps Sophie has inspired you to think about volunteering for a year on the ‘Step into the Gap’ programme, if so please read further to find out how you could get involved.