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

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 leeds@cafod.org.uk to organise a good time to discuss this rewarding volunteering role.

Support and training for new parish volunteers is available.