Colette takes on the CAFOD’s Climate Champion opportunity!

Climate change, living more sustainably and caring for creation are crucial parts of our faith.  Being a Climate Champion is CAFOD’s international volunteer opportunity that will enable young people to gain new experiences, meet other volunteers from across Europe and play their part in creating a better world.  CAFOD in Liverpool’s Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, has taken on the challenge and is excited about the opportunities ahead.  She said, “I’m really excited to be volunteering for CAFOD as a Climate Champion!  It will be really good to experience an opportunity that usually I am promoting to other people’.

As a CAFOD climate champion, young people from across England and Wales will take part in international workshops on sustainability with other Catholic young people from across Europe. On their return, they will raise awareness about climate change and sustainable living in our communities.

‘I will be going to a sustainability camp in Belgium for a few days at the beginning of July with 14 other Climate Champions.  I am really intrigued to hear about new ways to live sustainably.  Its so important that we think about the way that we live.  Unfortunately, the world’s poorest people are impacted most by the effects of Climate Change, so the more we can do to prevent further damage to our planet, the better’.

‘I hope to learn a lot and to be able to bring it home, especially to discuss ideas with our Live Simply parishes and those considering to take on the award”.

We wish Colette lots of luck on her trip and look forward to hearing about it on her return!

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CAFOD’s Climate Champions 2018 are ready for their trips to Poland and Belgium in the summer

 

Share the Journey – Our favourite Liverpool walks

We are so lucky to live in a place like Liverpool, where there is such a diverse variety of places to walk and take in the culture of our city.  From the city centre to beaches and squirrel reserves, we at CAFOD Liverpool have chosen our favourite places to walk.

 

It’s easy to get involved in our Share the Journey campaign and to log your miles.

 

Colette’s favourite walk is along Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool:

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I often walk here as I love being by the waterfront and getting some really fresh air in to my lungs!  I love watching the sun reflect on the water, it gives a fantastic sparkle which is really magical to see on a sunny day.  It is a beautiful alternative to getting the car, bus or train in to the city centre, if you can take some time to walk along the promenade.  There are many people of all ages who use the prom, walking, cycling, running and it is enjoyable to see the fisherman’s catches too!  You can always hear lots of laughter around here.

 

Ged’s favourite walk is from the Catalyst Museum to Pickering Pasture, Widnes:

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The walk allows you to take in the view of the estuary in both directions. The walk is flat and has picnic benches are available outside of Pickering Pasture, making it the perfect family day out. The walk also covers a lot of history making it not only a scenic experience but also an educational one.

 

Emily loves walking along the beach in Crosby:

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Along Crosby beach there is an art installation called ‘Another Place’, which most people will know as the life-size iron men figures. The beach is nothing short of a picturesque seaside, perfect for a summers day outing. It’s also so different from other walks within the busy crowded city centre, giving you a peaceful alternative.

 

Beth’s favourite walk takes you past the best sights the city centre has to offer, from Pier Head to Queens Dock, Liverpool:

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This route allows you to take in all the sights Liverpool has to offer, including the Three Graces, the Albert Docks and the Mersey. Starting at the historic the Liver Building you can take in the view of the city. On your way you will pass the Albert Docks, giving you the chance admire all the padlocks people have attached to the railings, while the Mersey runs alongside you throughout the whole of this walk. This is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of Liverpool

 

Rosie enjoys visiting the squirrels on a walk at Freshfield beach:

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Getting the train to Freshfield, and hopping off to walk towards the beach, you reach the red squirrel reserve – one of the last remaining red squirrel sanctuaries in the country.  If you continue walking on through the dunes along to the shoreline beach, you can turn left towards Liverpool or right, walking straight through to Crosby. Then you’ll reach the destination of Emily’s walk – a popular choice – and Antony Gorman’s ‘Another Place.’ There are no roads, just beautiful nature, and the fresh crisp air will certainly mean you sleep well that night!

 

 

Why not take in the views of Liverpool by gathering your friends and going on your own Share the Journey walk?

“The Net That Protects” and “Chirpy Chickens” – Why World Gifts Matter!

Are you unsure what to get your loved ones this Christmas? Have you considered World Gifts?

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What are World Gifts? World Gifts are CAFOD’s charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family. Our alternative gifts help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries. The person you buy the gift on behalf of  will receive a beautifully illustrated card of your chosen gift, together with a presentation gift envelope, which explains how their gift can help people fighting poverty in developing countries. Two such examples are “Chirpy Chickens” and “The Net That Protects” .

For only £20 you can buy “Chirpy Chickens”  Chirpy CHikenswhich provides chickens, along with training to help look after them, so poor families can produce eggs to eat and sell. So here are three reasons to buy this Chirpy chickens gift!

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1. This egg-cellent gift makes an unusual Christmas present for animal lovers!
2. A chicken is a great alternative for farmers who can’t rely on crops because it doesn’t need much space and can produce nutritious eggs daily.
3. Chickens also breed well, meaning that a family’s flock can quickly grow.

For only £7 you can buy “The net that protects”  The net that protects which is a real life-saver! This simple, treated mosquito net can keep families and babies safe from deadly diseases. Three reasons to buy this gift are:

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1. This is a lovely gift for a new baby, a Baptism, or simply to support newborns at Christmas time.

2. Help to protect babies and young children, who are particularly vulnerable to malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

3. Emergencies and wars can mean families are living in temporary shelter, increasing their risk, but this net offers protection from deadly diseases.

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CAFOD aim to dispatch all orders received by 15 December within 5 working days. Alternatively, please call 0808 14 000 14 before 12 noon on 21 December to request next day delivery at a cost of £5.

CAFOD’s World Gifts Are Back!

CAFOD’s World Gifts are back again this Christmas, but what are “World Gifts”?

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“World Gifts are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries.”

World Gifts make a real and long lasting difference to the communities which receive them, such as Sindhupalchowk District in Nepal, where the 2015 earthquake meant that 89 per cent of school classrooms were destroyed or made unsafe. As well as dealing with the devastation of their homes and the loss of family members, children like Nirjala risked losing the opportunity to go to school. But thanks to supporters buying World Gifts, CAFOD are helping to rebuild 34 schools.

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There’s a variety of gifts, including “Trees for life“, “The pig that provides“, “The goat that gives” “The net that protects“, “Teach Someone to Read“, a “Community Toilet“, “Build a Greenhouse“, “Drought Resistant Crops“, a “School starter pack” or a “Birth Certificate” and much much more, with a variety of prices to suit all budgets, with free delivery on all gifts.

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You can buy your World Gift, or find out more information at worldgifts.cafod.org.uk or you can order by phone calling CAFOD World Gifts on 0808 14 000 14

Are you interested in a “Step into the Gap” Placement?

Apply to become a Gapper today!

If you, or anyone you know, are aged between 18 and 30 and have a passion for global justice, read on to learn more about CAFOD’s gap year programme.

With the academic year and exams mostly over, many students will be looking forwards, and wondering where their next chapter will take them.

Why not kick-start those next steps with a Step into the Gap placement at CAFOD?

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Beginning in 2017, the placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills by volunteering in the UK, as well visiting CAFOD’s international partners.

Living and working in one of our UK placements for the academic year, you will learn more about yourself, your faith and the world we live in while inspiring others to make a difference.

Two of our gappers in the North West, Lizzie and Sophie, are just coming to the end of their placements.

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Sophie Hull, who is originally from Blackpool and is volunteering at Just Youth, said: “I will never forget this year, I have enjoyed it so much!  I have gained so much confidence and developed my leadership skills hugely.

“Throughout the year I have been able to put my faith into action by going overseas to Ethiopia to see the work of CAFOD’s partners. On my return, I have been able to share the stories I have encountered there with communities in the UK.  Being able to learn more about CAFOD and see CAFOD’s work first-hand has been a blessing and I am looking forward to carrying on volunteering for CAFOD on social justice in a bid to make the world more just.”

CAFOD are excited to announce a new placement opening in the South East, at St. Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury.

The successful applicant will spend the year at the residential youth centre which is owned by the religious order the de La Salle brothers, in West Berkshire. During the year, they will also visit an international CAFOD partner in Sierra Leone or Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Find out more and apply today by visiting

cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Apply-for-Step-into-the-Gap