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…

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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 jowoodhead1@gmail.com or Joanne Taylor at jtaylor@cafod.org.uk. You can also reach Joanne by phone at 01132 759302.

1st-9th July WEEK OF ACTION

Nikki Evans, CAFODs Bolivia Officer joined volunteers at the CAFOD Leeds Volunteer Centre, who were taking part in CAFODs ‘Power to Be’ campaign action. Volunteers at the centre included Patrick Chabviaka, Ciara Mc Veigh and Sophie Aulton who all signed their petition to ask Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

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Nikki said “It is great to meet volunteers who care passionately about the Power to Be campaign and who have united to help poorer countries like Bolivia to tackle climate change and develop their energy services in a way that does not lock them in to using outdated, polluting fossil fuels.”

Patrick Chabviaka is a campaign volunteer for CAFOD and has been supporting parishes from across the Diocese of Leeds to get involved with the campaign, “We asked people in the parishes to take part in a card signing and the response has been great so far, but we need many more people to take action. We have cards waiting to be sent to your parishes, just get online and order your petition cards and let us know when and where you are using them. We are also asking all our CAFOD campaigners to get in touch with their local MP and ask them to write to the Prime Minister to make sure they work with international allies to fully implement the Paris Agreement and ensure all government departments work together to meet the Climate Change Act targets”

cards ptbAll across the Diocese of Leeds this weekend, there will be card signings, MP briefings and meet ups. Would you and your fellow parishioners like to take part?

Primary and secondary schools are getting involved too by organising ‘Power to Be’ workshops and  liturgies, the resources are all here to download and order.

During the Week of Action 1st July – 9th July 2017, there will be numerous campaign activities for you to get involved in. If you would like to attend or set up a ‘Power to Be’ activity during the week of action, please have a look here.

We would love to receive your photos and emails letting us know how you are supporting the ‘Power to Be’ campaign. Don’t forget to use the @CAFODLeeds on Twitter and include #SpeakUp #PowerToBe in your tweets.

Don’t forget to share your photos, stories and videos with us on Facebook or email us leeds@cafod.org.uk so we can inspire many more people to get involved.