Sophie ‘Steps into the Gap’ with Leeds Trinity University

We are delighted to welcome Sophie Aulton back to CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds as a ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer. Sophie started her placement at Leeds Trininty University a fortnight ago, welcoming fresher’s and returning students and sharing opportunities for them to explore their faith through the chaplaincy services.

Slim pic of Sophie LTU ChaplaincySophie will be supporting the Chaplaincy team with CAFOD campaigns, prayer and fundraising actions throughout the year. As part of her year with CAFOD, sophie will be visiting local schools and parishes to talk about her expereince in Global Development and is currently preparing for her international visit, working with our charity partners in El Salvador. Please remember her in your prayers and wish her all the best in her placement year with Leeds Trinity University Chaplaincy.

Sophie previously volunteered for 6 months with the volunteers and Community Participation Coordinators here at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre, based at Hinsley Hall in Leeds.

If you would like to invite Sophie to your school or parish, please get in touch with either Joanne or Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or send us an email to

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

Soophie freshers at LTU Chaplainicy

Sophie is the one standing on the left under the massive arrow!!. Also pictured are members of the LTU Chaplaincy team.

Join our Harvest Fast Day gathering

CAFOD supporters and volunteers are invited to join together for a gathering to mark the start of the Harvest Fast Day appeal. 

Harvest Fast Day

CAFOD supporters and volunteers can share ideas for Harvest Fast Day

The meeting at St Theresa’s Church Hall in Leeds will allow ideas to be shared about how parishes can help through prayer, fundraising and campaigning.

The gathering is open to anyone and will take place at 10am on Wednesday September 6.

CAFOD representative in Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said: “This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts in a friendly atmosphere and I am sure there will lots of great ideas shared.

“Refreshments and CAFOD resources will be provided with plenty on offer for everyone!”

To find out more about CAFOD’s Harvest Day appeal, visit our website.

Yorkshire Day – Volunteering For CAFOD Leeds

Today is Yorkshire Day and to celebrate, CAFOD volunteer Jo Woodhead has written a piece to let fellow Yorkshire folk know about the benefits of volunteering for CAFOD! Read what she had to say below…


CAFOD volunteer Jo Woodhead

Hello, my name is Jo Woodhead and I’m an education volunteer for CAFOD.

That sounds like a grand title doesn’t it! Let me explain.

Being an education volunteer is a fantastic role, it is simply going into local Catholic schools and delivering assemblies or workshops to the children. Now the really great thing about it is that all the material for the assembly is prepared for you by the lovely people who work full time for CAFOD – all you have to do is turn up and deliver it!

Here in the Leeds diocese we have great support from the office which includes training sessions for all the assemblies- these sessions are a great time to get together with other volunteers to share good ideas (and anxieties if we have them.) In Leeds we have a great team, but would love to have new members amongst us. Could this be you? The level of commitment varies and you don’t need to have worked in a school for this role as training is given.

If you would like to find out more you can either email me at or Joanne Taylor at You can also reach Joanne by phone at 01132 759302.