2019: A look-back and message of thanks

We started 2019 by waving our gap year volunteer, Madeline, off on her trip to Uganda with messages of support and solidarity from supporters and volunteers from across the diocese.madeline in ufganda

 

In the run up to our Lent 2019 Fast Day appeal, we met with supporters and volunteers at two Inter-generational days in Bingley and Skipton

 

We welcomed our newly appointed Director, Christine Allen, to our Diocese Lenten Lookback on the 5th April, as we looked through posters, leaflets and resources from the 1960s up to recent years and chatted with volunteers who have supported CAFOD for over 40 years.Lenten Lookback

 

Our school volunteers continued to visit local Catholic primary and secondary schools, and we held our first CAFOD Children’s Liturgy meeting in May, with two liturgists saying they would like to train as new school volunteers.

Children from local schools and parishes met with CAFOD’s DRC Country Rep to hear about how Climate Change is having an impact on livelihoods in some of the poorest communities and we talked about what we can do to support with fundraising, prayer and campaigning.

 

As the summer approached we ramped up our campaigning spirit and lobbied 100s of MPs at the Mass Lobby of parliament in June and our CPC, Bronagh Daly, wrapped local MP Alex Sobel up in a ‘The Time is Now’ banner whilst asking what he will do to make sure our country reduces carbon emissions to net Zero by 2045. Alex Sobel with Gappers June Mass Lobby

 

Moving on towards late summer and harvest, many parishes and schools across the Diocese continued to arrange Creation Masses and signed petitions for more action on Net Zero from government. Across the Bradford Deanery plans were under way to host a week of celebrations and conversations on Climate Change

 

As Madeline’s gap year came to a close, she gave us an insight into her year as a volunteer with CAFOD and how much her trip to Uganda had changed her view on social action and how we can all play our part in the fight for equality.

1800 children attended workshops and assemblies across the diocese led by our local CAFOD school volunteers hearing about water projects in Uganda over the Harvest period, THANK YOU so much to all the schools who prayed, campaigned and fundraised so families living in the world’s poorest communities can flourish.

 

And so, we arrive at Advent, a time when we reflect on the nativity story, and remember this is a time for giving. A time to stretch out the hand to the stranger, offer food to the hungry and shelter to those in need of care.

On behalf of all the CAFOD supporters, staff and volunteers here in the Diocese of Leeds we would like to thank you for all your prayers, your many 100s of hours of volunteering and offers of support wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Our Volunteer center will be open again on Monday the 6th January 2020 so please get in touch if you would like to find out more about volunteering for CAFOD.

7th Sept 2019: Let’s get ready for Harvest Family Fast Day

Familly Fast Day Harvest 2019On Saturday 7th September at 6pm in Sacred Heart church in Bingley (straight after mass) CAFOD Parish Volunteers from across the Diocese will be invited to take part in a Family Fast Day briefing delivered by our recent ‘Step into the Gap’ Volunteer Madeline Woods.

What: Harvest Family Fast Day Briefing for CAFOD Volunteers
Where: Sacred heart in Bingley, Nethermoor View, Bingley, BD16 4HG.
When: Saturday 7th September (Mass 5pm) Briefing 6pm
Who: All CAFOD Volunteers and Madeline Woods, ex CAFOD Gapper (Uganda)
Why: To help all CAFOD volunteers, children’s liturgists, families and parishioners prepare for Family Fast Day full of prayer, action and fundraising to stand in solidarity with the people living in the world’s poorest communities.

If you help to fundraise or organise CAFOD Campaigns in your parish, then please come along to hear Madeline Speak and inspire you to get fundraising in your parish on Family Fast Day.

madeline in ufganda

Madeline with fellow ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteers in Uganda with Ugandan local community workers and church members

Madeline visited Uganda as part of her year of volunteering with CAFOD, and this year our Harvest Fast Day is focused on a young man called Fabiano who is thankful to CAFOD supported from across the UK who have helped to build a solar powered water pump in his local area.

Download the Parish Harvest Fast Day Guide to encourage your parish to fundraise for CAFOD on Friday 4th October 2019. Your support will help people living in the world’s poorest communities.

For more information about Family Fast Day Friday 4th October click here 

 

 

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 leeds@cafod.org.uk

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