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.

All Welcome for Leeds livesimply Workshop

All are welcome for a Leeds workshop on how to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. 

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CAFOD’s livesimply award was given to St Benedict’s parish in Leeds

The event is open to anyone interested in learning about these values on Saturday June 24 at St Benedict’s parish centre on Aberford Road.
 
The workshop comes after St Benedict’s were the first parish in the Leeds diocese to be given CAFOD’s livesimply award.
 
The livesimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.”

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From Saltaire to Bolivia: Lecture on the effects of UK aid in Bolivia at Leeds Trinity University

A West Yorkshire aid worker is set to deliver a lecture at Leeds Trinity University about how UK aid has made a life changing impact in Bolivian communities.

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Nikki Evans first visited Bolivia in 1998

On May 4, Nikki Evans from Saltaire, will give a special lecture, beginning at 7pm, about her experiences living in Latin America as aid agency CAFOD’s Bolivia Programme Officer.

 The talk, which is part of Leeds Trinity University’s annual development series, will reflect on her time spent living in La Paz, Bolivia, working alongside communities and local organisations and the effect that UK aid has had on these communities.

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