COVID-19 Update

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CAFOD Campaigners taking action against Climate Change

CAFOD Campaigners 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 North Wales 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: 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:
Colette – Mobile:  07779 804 242           Email: cbyrne@cafod.org.uk

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:
https://www.churchservices.tv/

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 North Wales.

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.

Reclaiming Our Common Home

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour.” Ask yourself this question: ‘if two are better than one, how can we come together to make a positive impact on the world?’

Petition graphic for social media 2 – Reclaim Our Common Home

Reclaim Our Common Home is CAFOD’s new campaign is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, and to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity. Sign our petition to the prime minister

In 2020, we experienced the worst global health crisis in a century. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated lives and shattered families in Britain and across the world, with disastrous consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods.

The pandemic exposed many of the inadequacies of how our world currently works. It has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society.

As Catholics, we are called not to stay silent and not to be passive. This is why Reclaim Our Common Home is a call to action! It’s a call to participate both individually and collectively in rebuilding a more dignified and sustainable world after the pandemic. Click here to find out more.

If you would like to receive regular updates about CAFOD’s campaigns, appeals and other ways you can support CAFOD’s work, click here.

The right to clean water

Every human being should have access to clean and safe water, but unfortunately this isn’t reality for many people overseas.

If you’d like to learn how you can make a difference to those who have no access to clean water, then join in on our exclusive conversation with Lucy Jardine, Programme Officer Peru on Thursday 14th January at 11am, to hear about the impact that mining is having on the access to clean water in indigenous communities and how local communities are responding with positive signs of hope to the water crisis.

To book your place click here

New Year’s Resolution – become a CAFOD volunteer 

Happy new year!

2020 has shown us how much we value and need each-other. Your support during the year has been hugely appreciated. Many of you have joined one of our campaigns with us or helped us with a much-needed donation, or perhaps you have held us and those in poverty in your prayers. Whichever way you chose to support us, thank you. 2020 was a better year for many because of your support.

Did you know that we have a team of volunteers throughout England and Wales who are vital to our work? They’re a huge team of people who raise awareness of our work in parishes, schools and on social media. Many help us support other volunteers, or with office and communications work Some help spread the word wider by working with media outlets. Many have specific skills they bring to our mission while others have skills they want to learn and hone to as they develop their own potential. We provide support and training for any role you take on.

Would you be willing to join our team of volunteers and make the world a better place in 2021? Could you volunteer with CAFOD? Not only will you gain new friends and skills, but you’ll be a part of our life-saving work. Can you help us reach more people who are struggling with poverty?

Would you like to volunteer in your local parish, or in schools? Could you spread the word to your friends and beyond or help us support our amazing volunteers? Your resolution will help ensure everyone can one day live with dignity.  

We have a whole range of volunteering opportunities available. It doesn’t matter how much time you can contribute – what matters that you do it.  

Are you interested? Would you like to chat over the possibilities? Contact Colette at cbyrne@cafod.org.uk or 07779 804 242.