St John Fisher’s Dewsbury welcome Gapper Madeline after her Uganda trip

St John Fisher Catholic Secondary school in Dewsbury last week welcomed our Step into the Gap volunteer Madeline to their school for an all day visit.

The school’s Lay Chaplin Angela Eddie said “We were delighted to welcome CAFOD Gap student Madeleine Woods last week. Madeleine who is just back from Uganda led workshops on the theme of ‘Life Without Taps’ to year 7  and year 8 students. The students embraced the opportunity to experience the way of life for many living in a village with one tap through interactive games, followed with discussion and reflections.”

sophie at St John Fisher in Dewsbury faith day

Later in the day, Madeline spent time with the school’s dedicated ‘Faith In Action Team’ who embraced a tailored session around Madeleine’s experience in Uganda and the Faith in Action she witnessed.

Angela explained “The workshop was followed with presentation skills training to help the Faith in Action team to deliver Collective Worship to forms during Lent”

If you would like Madeline to come to your school, please get in touch leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 274 2772

Click here to download the Leader’s Guide for Life without Taps

If you would like to apply to become a Step into the Gap volunteer, click here to find out how you too could follow in Madeline’s footsteps and help to change the systems and structures that cause poverty

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.