New Opening times at our CAFOD Volunteer Centre

We are excited to announce the new opening times at our CAFOD Volunteer Centre in Leeds due to recent staff changes.

Joanne Clark (nee Taylor) left CAFOD in Nov 2018 and her duties have been passed over to Bronagh Daly.

Bronagh will be available to support schools, parish, campaign and fundraising volunteers at the following times below:

Volunteer Centre opening times:
Monday            9am – 2:30pm
Tuesday           9am – 2:30pm
Wednesday     9am – 5pm
Thursday         9am – 5pm
Friday              10am – 2:30pm

Bronagh said “We love welcoming volunteers to the Volunteer Centre, and it is great that it will be open all week. Volunteers can come to meet, use the resources and gain support from one another as they help to spread awareness of the systems and structures that create poverty. There is a wonderful energy here at the volunteer centre when we have shared lunches and gatherings.”

To keep up to date of the various volunteer training days, retreats and shared lunches held at the volunteer centre, ALL VOLUNTEERS are encouraged to sign up for the ‘CAFOD in Leeds Volunteer eBulletin’. All you need to do is send an email asking to join the mailing list to

If you would like to become a volunteer for CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds please look at the vacancies page and apply here

Simple Soup lunches during Harvest



Mollie preparing a simple soup lunch at St Cuthbert’s church, Bradford.

Parish volunteers from across the Diocese of Leeds are preparing for Family Fast Day on 5th October 2018 by asking fellow parishioners to join them in a simple soup lunch to help raise awareness of social justice and funds for CAFOD.

Last year we visited parish volunteer Mollie Somerville at St Cuthbert’s in Bradford at a gathering after mass. They were holding a simple soup lunch and we were inspired to hear that it wasn’t just during Harvest that the soup lunch is held, it is a fixed date in the calendar each month for the local parishioners.


We have received calls and emails to let us know about the simple soup lunches in the planning, and we will also be hosting one here at the Volunteer Centre on Friday 5th October 12pm – 1pm, you can bring along your favourite soup or share in our seasonable vegetable soup.


Why not organise a simple soup lunch in your parish?

If you are inspired by Mollie and the many parish volunteers across the diocese, click here to find out more about how you can hold a simple soup lunch and support CAFOD’s work overseas.

If you would like to know more about becoming a parish volunteer, call 0113 275 9302 or send us an email to organise a good time to discuss this rewarding volunteering role.

Support and training for new parish volunteers is available.



Sat 30th June, 10:30am: Volunteer Training (Speaking at Mass and Understanding CAFOD)

We warmly invite anyone interested in becoming a CAFOD volunteer to come along and join us at 10:30am Saturday 30th June at our Volunteer Training session including ‘Speaking at Mass’ training and ‘Understanding CAFOD’ awareness session

The volunteer training session will be held at our Volunteer Centre, located in the grounds of Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX

You will meet other volunteers who have recently joined and find out more about the work of CAFOD. Even if you have been involved in your local CAFOD group, and would like to get more involved, we would love to see you.

CAFOD leeds at Otley event

Come along and find out how you can get involved in your local parish or school as a CAFOD volunteer


Book your place by sending your contact details to or call (0113) 275 9302 for more information

Please bring along your own lunch, hot drinks will be provided.