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.