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.


Zimbabwe CAFOD Officer visited Leeds Diocese

Livison Zimbabwe talk guests Entende NhlanHla Bronagh

Members of the Leeds Zimbabwe community come to meet Livison Chipatiso at CAFOD

On 21st February we hosted an inspirational talk and shared lunch with Zimbabwe Programme Officer, Livison Chipatiso. The Volunteer Centre was jam packed, we had the biggest gathering we have seen here in a long time. Several members of the Leeds Zimbabwe community came along to the event to welcome Livison to Leeds. We were also joined by schools volunteers, parish volunteers and area coordinators who all give their time up to support prayer, campaign and giving actions all across the Diocese of Leeds.

livison crowd at the Zimbabwe talk

Volunteers from Huddersfield, Skipton, Bradford, Halifax and Leeds all come to hear Livison speak about sustainable projects in Zimbabwe

Livison explained the need for more support for sustainable, affordable and renewable solutions to irrigate land and diversify crops in areas where climate variation causes extreme malnutrition. After a shared lunch, Livison then travelled to the School of Applied Global Ethics at Leeds Beckett University to address students and staff who are particularly interested to know more about sustainable development.

Livison Beckett Uni

Livison speaking to staff and students at Leeds Beckett University

Speaking at the event, CAFOD worker Bronagh Daly said “It is wonderful to have our colleague from Zimbabwe here amongst us. We feel very close to the families and communities from hearing Livison’s words. We are inspired by Livison’s talk and it really has brought us all together as a team, all keen to do as much as we can to support the projects that are making a huge impact on the lives of Svondo and his family and many others like him”


To find out more about our work in Zimbabwe, click here