COVID-19 Update


CAFOD Supporters campaigning

CAFOD Supporters taking action against Climate Change

Thank you for your patience while we take on board the changing situation with COVID-19 and the incredibly important role you play in support of our development and humanitarian work.

Thanks to your compassion and commitment, we can reach some of the poorest and marginalised communities around the world.

The Liverpool Volunteer Centre is closed (for now) – but there are still many ways to get involved!

CAFOD is following the advice issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) as well as the UK government.

Following the government’s advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events and meetings and have closed all regional offices until at least June.

All the latest information about CAFOD’s response to COVID-19 will be on our Coronavirus Q & A and COVID-19: Information for volunteers pages.

Get in touch: Siobhan and Colette will still be available by mobile phone, email and via social media, so if you have any

questions or thoughts do not hesitate to be in touch whatever your query:

Siobhan – Mobile:  07779 804 241          Email:

Colette – Mobile:  07779 804 242           Email:

Online worship
With the Coronavirus pandemic causing masses to be cancelled, there are now lots of parishes and cathedrals offering virtual worship.

You can find out more information about local live-streamed services here:

We’ve also created a ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ session which will take place every Sunday to help families to worship in their own homes.

Online resources
If you’re looking for community, we have a CAFOD community group on Facebook. Please do join and invite others to do the same.

If you’re a parent, we have a large range of online education resources tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages, alongside worship and prayer content.

If you’re looking to learn more about CAFOD’s international work, we will be releasing a weekly timetable of online talks.

Feel-good stories
If you are a CAFOD volunteer and hear of a great story in your local parish – please let us know so we can share it on our social media channels and website.

It would be great if you would be able to email over a few sentences about what happened, along with a photo.

Prayer for the Coronavirus
Even though the volunteer centres are temporarily shut, we hope to be able to continue to offer opportunities to connect with the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Please keep an eye of our social media pages for the latest updates:
Find us on Facebook  and Twitter at CAFOD in Liverpool.

In the meantime, we continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus and the healthcare workers here in the UK and overseas, who are on the frontline of this crisis – and ask that you too join us in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

Learn About Our New Volunteers: Introducing Ellie and Ciara

Meet the newest members of our volunteer team, Ellie and Ciara will be assisting with our media and communications.

Who are we ?

Ellie : Hello, my name is Ellie, I am 23 and I have recently graduated from the University of Sheffield with a 2:1 in Business Management with Hispanic Studies. 

Ciara : Hello, my name is Ciara and I am currently studying Theology and Media & Communication at Liverpool Hope University.

Why we want to volunteer with CAFOD: 

Ellie : Having volunteered with CAFOD on fundraising projects in the past, I am really enthusiastic to have the opportunity to volunteer  in a different capacity; media and communications . I am personally really interested in social media, for me I think it’s a really important part of communication at the moment, especially in the current climate! It’s great to be able to share information, projects and ideas with people that we might not be able to see or speak to in person. 

 Social media is so accessible now and is used by so many people around the world, it’s amazing to think that we are able to stay connected with CAFOD volunteers from many different countries and communities. 

Ciara: I find that studying Media and Theology together can be quite a difficult task. In one ear, I am taught that everything is theocentric (centred around God); a school of thought which I wholeheartedly believe due to my strong Roman Catholic upbringing.

Yet, in the other ear, I am told that, in today’s digital world, everything is centred around me. Not me personally, but each of us as individuals. Personalised newsfeeds, targeted advertisements, social media algorithms that feed us exactly what we want to see when we want to see it- it is difficult to argue against the fact that we are, for the most part, at the centre of our own individual universes. The two ideas seem to be eternally conflicting.

However, with that being said, I see this opportunity to volunteer as part of CAFOD’s social media team as the perfect chance to reconcile my two interests. I’m extremely keen to aid others through a unique, digital way of service. CAFOD is such a hugely inspirational force for positive change in a world which can often look beyond repair. So, I’m eager to play my part in helping to fight against injustice, climate challenges, poverty, conflict and whatever else is thrown our way!

What we hope to achieve as a communications volunteer: 

Ellie : I am excited to be able to use social media in such a positive way, such as sharing the stories and activities of those who don’t have access to the internet, so that everyone can see the amazing work that these people are doing for CAFOD. 

I am really looking forward to seeing how my local community and parish are getting involved with CAFOD, as I think it’s really important to raise awareness of the great work being done. I hope that I can use social media and this online space to help encourage other people to get involved with the amazing projects that CAFOD are running around the globe! 

Ciara: I believe that sharing our faith via social media is one of the most exciting prospects modern technology has to offer and the thought of reaching and encouraging a new, digital generation to serve Christ is something that I am extremely passionate about.

I have already spent two years volunteering as part of Liverpool Archdiocese’s Youth Ministry service ‘Animate’; a journey which not only deepened my faith vastly but instilled a vocation within me to act on Jesus’ call to service in every aspect of my life. 

We hope to live out this vocation during our time as  CAFOD volunteers and look forward to meeting and working with as many of you as possible very soon!
CAFOD are always looking for more volunteers to join our team, if you’d like to join us on this journey, please see the variety of ways you can get involved in your school or parish, or to campaign.

CAFOD joins DEC Coronavirus Appeal

DEC Emergency Appeal

DEC Emergency Appeal

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help millions of vulnerable people, whose lives are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads – and we are inviting communities and parishes across England and Wales to get involved.

Donate to the DEC Coronavirus Appeal

CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said:

“In the UK, our struggle against coronavirus has entered the next phase, but in many of the world’s poorest communities, the fight has only just begun.”

Donate to the DEC Coronavirus appeal today

Millions of families living in crowded camps or makeshift shelters are having to face the coronavirus with little access to running water, soap, or medical aid.

Families who have been forced to flee their homes in places like Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic of Congo, are especially vulnerable.

Christine continued: “In many places around the world there are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat everyone who falls ill. But promoting handwashing and providing personal protective equipment, health advice and food parcels can make a huge difference.”

“We need your support to reach these communities and help people to cope as best they can when an outbreak of the virus strikes.”

Find out more about the DEC coronavirus appeal

CAFOD is already responding to the crisis.

Since launching its emergency appeal on 30 April, we have scaled up our support to local aid experts across the world. They are helping to provide food and improving handwashing and sanitation facilities.

Find out more about our work with communities around the world

We have had an amazing response from communities across the country doing a variety of fundraising events such as sponsored walks, cycles, runs, as well as using their creativity in the lockdown and donating money they have saved from haircuts, drinks and petrol.

And now, we need your continued support during the DEC appeal to ensure that we can further scale up our support and make sure that no one is beyond the reach of the support they need.

Christine continued:

“It is critical that we act now to reach millions of vulnerable people who have lost everything and no longer have ways of coping.”

Donate now

Every donation made to the DEC’s Coronavirus Appeal will help vulnerable families and help stop the spread of this disease.

Tomorrow morning at 11am join us for a prayer and a chat

CandlesThis week, we see the return of our ever-popular online prayer and chat session.

During this time of socially distancing, we can sometimes feel isolated from our friends and church community.

So, on Thursday 9 July at 11am-12pm, we are inviting CAFOD volunteer and supporters from across England and Wales to join us for a special prayer and reflection, which will be followed by a virtual coffee morning.

We are asking that everyone has a candle ready to light when they join the prayer, so we can share a moment of silent reflection together to start.

And, we hope this session will be an opportunity to take some time out of our busy lives and pause to think about how the current situation has affected not only our everyday lives, but the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world.

 We look forward welcoming you, so please do remember to Register to join us 

Finally, if you would like to spread the word of CAFOD’s events with your local community and parish, we have short paragraphs that are available to use parish and online newsletters.

Each week, there is a different paragraph about our appeals and information about the different countries that we work in.

Download the latest newsletter insert here

Callout to young people: send us your messages of Hope!

Children's Author, Frank Cottrell Boyce joins CAFOD's Summer of Hope

Children’s Author, Frank Cottrell Boyce joins CAFOD’s Summer of Hope

We are so excited to announce that children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce will creating a unique piece of writing on behalf of CAFOD around the theme of ‘hope’ – but we need your help!

Over July, Frank hopes to capture children and young people thoughts and feelings to help him to create this unique piece.

So, we are inviting all young people across England, Wales and internationally to be a part of this hopeful, inspirational piece.

Time to get involved!

To take part, all you need to do is tell us – in just one word, or one sentence, in a picture

Summer of Hope - Get involved!

Summer of Hope – Get involved!

or design – what gives you hope.

Please email your ideas, along with your first name, your age and your town, to before Monday 27 July – and make sure to ask permission from an adult first!

We will then share this piece through our schools’ work and on our digital channels in September.

You can keep up to date with all our latest news by following our social media channels @CAFODLiverpool on Twitter and CAFOD in Liverpool on Facebook.

Please note, by sending in your submission (whether written or drawn) you give CAFOD permission to reproduce it for use for this project, and others, including media work.

Going above and beyond for our coronavirus appeal

Ewan, 10, from Tavistock, cycled 320km to fundraise for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal.

Ewan, 10, from Tavistock, cycled 320km to fundraise for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal.

Since lockdown began, CAFOD supporters across England and Wales have ​been breaking into a sweat to achieve amazing feat​s of: walking, cycling, and even paddle boarding, nearly half a million miles – the same distance to the moon and back – for our coronavirus appeal.

Lockdown caused many activities and events to be cancelled. But that hasn’t stopped ​energetic women, children, young adults and men – CAFOD supporters and volunteers – raising vital ​money. ​

You’ve spent the last ten weeks being the ​pacesetters coming up with creative ways to fundraise.

Create your own fundraising challenge by checking out our A-Z of fundraising ideas.

These gold medal achievements have equalled over five million steps walked, one million exercise reps, over 1,000 miles cycled, and nearly 100 miles travelled on a paddleboard, yes a paddleboard!

Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s Head of Fundraising and Participation, said:  “From parishes and schools getting involved in creative and fun ways to fundraise for our Summer of Hope, to the individuals fundraising in quieter ways, I have been truly inspired to see so many stand in solidarity with ​communities ​overseas who face the devastating effects of coronavirus spreading.

“Local aid experts we are supporting across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, tell us that lockdown in their respective countries is pushing families to the brink.

“Thanks to the support of families from across England and Wales, our ability to scale up our support to some of the most vulnerable people ​is saving lives.”

And this is only the beginning!

We recently launched our Summer of Hope – a campaign to inspire the nation to remain opeful this summer by recreating cancelled events, virtually, while at the same time supporting communities in developing countries through fundraising for the coronavirus appeal.

Get involved in the Summer of Hope

Jo concluded: “As we begin to come out of lockdown here in the UK, we need to remember that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over.

“As the crisis continues to worsen for our sisters and brothers around the world, we will need the continued support from communities across the UK to help families in developing countries not only survive, but to rebuild and heal.”