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

 

CAFOD supporters in Liverpool start their Power to Be campaign

We believe that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things. But with one in six people still living with no electricity, the reality is that this isn’t always the case.  But with investment into local, renewable energy, children’s lives can be transformed.

 

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Volunteers from Holy Name and Our Lady and St Philomena, Fazakerley, kickstart their Power to be card signing

In our latest campaign, Power to be, we are encouraging schools and parishes in the Liverpool Archdiocese to speak up and give children across the world the ‘Power to be’ by signing CAFOD’s campaign action cards.

The cards are part of a petition which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative in the World Bank, to invest in local and renewable energy which tackles poverty.

Nearly 90 per cent of people without electricity live in villages. It can be expensive and difficult to extend the main grid to homes, schools and clinics in rural areas. The cheapest, fastest, and most efficient solution is usually to provide mini-grids powered by renewables.

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Parishioners from St Benet’s, Netherton, kickstarted their Power to be Campaign at a CAFOD evening in June

By taking our Power to Be campaign action cards into your local parishes and schools, and by sharing them with your friends, pupils and families, you can help to make a difference.

Those in the Liverpool Archdiocese are already showing their support for the campaign, including Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

Archbishop Malcolm said, “I’m delighted to support CAFOD’s campaign to the World Bank which will enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future.”

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon signed his card for the Power to be Campaign

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon signed his card for the Power to be Campaign

You can also use this opportunity to Speak Up about climate change at this year’s Week of Action from 1-9 July.  Take a card, gather your friends and meet with your newly elected local MP’s to show that you care about energy access for the world’s poorest people.

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online or call 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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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.