Liverpool’s Thanksgiving Event for Volunteers – 10th June

On Saturday 10 June, CAFOD volunteers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool came together to celebrate their achievements in an afternoon full of events, cake and friendship.

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One of the delicious cakes on offer

The afternoon began with tea and cake, made by the staff and volunteers, and we were asked to discuss our highlights of volunteering for CAFOD with the person next to us.

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We heard from volunteers from across the diocese, some of whom were schools’ volunteers and parish volunteers from their local CAFOD groups.  There was such a huge mix of activities that people take part in for CAFOD: from beetle drives to giving talks in schools, from selling fair trade goods to holding collections after Mass… It is inspiring to see such variety and we are grateful for it all!

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Every Christmas, Elizabeth takes part in the Liverpool Fun Run for CAFOD in fancy dress… Past costumes include a ‘Christmas pudding’ and last year, Jesus, who gave out books to the children who were attending the run!

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Justine is CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-ordinator who goes into local schools to spread the word of CAFOD and the various campaigns we run. She is always looking to make the experience for schools and volunteers the best it can be, sharing her thoughtful reflections on poverty and justice, and inspiring volunteers and children and young people with her work.

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Bernie (left) and Justine (Right)

After we shared our highlights, Weronika from CAFOD’s Latin America team gave us a talk about the Connect2 programme and specifically Connect2 Peru.  It was great to see the hand of friendship that local parishes are extending through this programme and the rewards that both sides see from being involved.

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We had a wonderful afternoon together and it was great to be able to celebrate our volunteers in the Liverpool diocese and share and inspire us all with the brilliant stories!

Thank you!

Meet Our Volunteer – Justine Silcock

We would like to say thank you to Justine, CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-ordinator. She took on this role in 2015 as an already experienced education volunteer for CAFOD. Since taking up the role she has worked tirelessly to support CAFOD’s work in schools in the diocese and the effort she has put in is truly awe-inspiring. Even since taking on the extra role, she has visited over 30 schools!

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Justine (Right) with Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox (Centre) and CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Pat Boyle (Left).

She has worked hard in supporting a new team of education volunteers, from recruitment and training to supporting them in their independent school visits. She has also worked with schools, building up strong relationships and their understanding of CAFOD.

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On a school visit.

She is always looking to make the experience for schools and volunteers the best it can be, sharing her thoughtful reflections on poverty and justice, and inspiring volunteers and children and young people with her work.

She is also currently the co-chair of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission.

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You Are Invited To Our Volunteers’ Thank You Celebration!

We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday 10th June 2017 for a Special Volunteer Thank You Celebration as part of volunteers’ week.

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We will be meeting at St Batholomew’s Parish Centre in Rainhill (L35 6NY).

Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start, and we expect to finish at around 5pm, after which there is the option of attending the 5.15pm Vigil Mass.

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There will be an opportunity to look back over the past year, and an input from Weronika Ozerianska from CAFOD’s Latin America team who is newly back from visiting the Connect2 Peru communities!

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Join us so we can express our gratitude for your hard work, and hear how your support is helping our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest countries!

Please RSVP to Colette and Ged at CAFOD Liverpool on 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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Meet Our Volunteer – Angela Pender

Angela has been volunteering for CAFOD since 2015 as an Education Volunteer, visiting schools and working with children and young people to increase their awareness of poverty and injustice.

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Angela really enthuses and inspires the children and young people she works with through her joy and energy. In particular, in the last few months, Angela has been helping the children think about the refugee crisis using the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage. She has adapted this for a range of age groups, but always brings her strong faith into the sessions to give the children a powerful and reflective experience.

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Angela also has great relationships with the staff at the schools she visits, often organising her own visits with teacher she knows. This has allowed us to visit some schools that have never previously had a CAFOD volunteer in, and therefore given many more children the opportunity to experience CAFOD’s work and reflect on poverty and injustice.

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Although Angela leads a very busy life, she is always able to squeeze in some extra time to volunteer for CAFOD, and will do whatever she can to help out when needed. Outside of Angela’s volunteering in schools, she often helps out at CAFOD events, working with the children and young people attending. Most notably, she can be seen face painting at the annual CAFOD Fun Run!

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Angela says “I love my school visits and recruiting more volunteers in my role as parish speaker for CAFOD” and “I love CAFOD”

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Thank you Angela, for your enthusiastic approach to volunteering, and for everything you have done for CAFOD and the schools that you have worked with.

Meet Our Volunteer – Matt Elliott

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We are delighted to have the support of Matt Elliott in the Liverpool Archdiocese.  Matt joined our team in October 2015 as an office volunteer.

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He played a major part in helping with the promotion of the CAFOD Fun Run, producing mailings, emails, posters, and social media promotion of the event to encourage further support.  On the day, Matt was keen to participate in the run.

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Matt also spent time doing other office tasks, including preparation and promotion of the CAFOD Memorial Mass and Carol Service Booklets, as well as working on the promotion of World Gifts and updating and maintaining our database.  Since then, Matt has started a new job and has been unable to work in office hours, however, he still commits some of his spare time to helping out at Lent and Harvest with speaking at mass on CAFOD’s behalf.

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He has been successful in recruiting new volunteer support through his efforts.  He is now part of the CAFOD Fun Run committee who meet on a monthly basis to plan and prepare for the annual Fun Run.  He was there on the day helping to ensure everything went to plan and working on one of our many stalls.  We simply don’t know where we would be without Matt’s support, he is a star!