Judith Moss joins CAFOD Education Team

We’re delighted to welcome Judith Moss on board to our team of Education Volunteers in North Wales.  Judith lives close to Anglesey and will be able to deliver Primary School

CAFOD Education Volunteer Judith Moss

CAFOD Education Volunteer Judith Moss

visits in the area.

After undertaking 2 separate training days and a shadow visit at St Mary’s in Holyhead, Judith completed her training successfully and is keen to get started.  She said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the training, I found it inspiring and I really feel like I have been called to do this role.  The CAFOD materials and resources are all very well produced, so all I have to do is prepare the best way to deliver it.’

‘I am really excited to do my first school visit in St Helen’s Caernarfon where I will be delivering the Power to be assembly to the pupils.”

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.  By participating in the Power to be campaign, we are calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

 

To find out more about Volunteering or our campaigns, please contact Colette Byrne in the North Wales CAFOD Volunteer Centre on northwales@cafod.org.uk

Speak Up event in Flint parish

1st – 9th July is CAFOD’s Week of Action and we are asking people to take part in our

CAFOD volunteer Harriet organised a Speak Up event in her parish

CAFOD volunteer Harriet organised a Speak Up event in her parish

Power to be campaign.

I was really keen to support the campaign, but being a new volunteer I was unsure of what to expect or how much work it would be.  I was relieved when I realised how easy it was to organise a Speak Up event locally.
The resources I ordered at CAFOD’s online shop arrived at my door, providing the campaign action cards, posters, and guided liturgies.  After speaking to my parish priest, we organised a Speak up event to be held in my parish of the Immaculate Conception, Flint, I spoke during mass and at the coffee morning which followed.

 

Harriets coffee morning for the week of action was a success

Harriets coffee morning for the week of action was a success

I decided to stand at the back of mass and introduce myself to parishioners as I handed out the Power to be campaign cards. Using the short talk, provided by CAFOD in the organisers guide, made it less daunting to get up and speak in front of the congregation. After mass, I held a coffee morning which gave me the opportunity to speak to individuals more personally about my experiences volunteering with CAFOD, and about the importance of the campaign and how easy it is to get involved. I spoke about my recent trip to Portugal to a sustainable living camp with CAFOD where I learned about Climate Change and the effects it has on the world’s poorest people. This camp gave an opportunity to live out Laudato Si, and to learn how to live more simply.

On my return I was excited to share my experience of this opportunity and to share with others how to Live Simply, so my speak up event provided the perfect platform to do so.  Renewable, clean energy is one of the many ways we can Live Simply.  The Power to be campaign gives people the opportunity to speak up and sign the campaign for local, renewable energy to help families around the world lift themselves out of poverty.
One of the responses to the campaign was how easy it was to get involved by just signing the petition, to be petitioning people of influence such as Melanie Robinson, of the World Bank, to play her part in providing safe, renewable energy.

Flint Parishioners getting involved by signing the Power to Be campaign cards

Flint Parishioners getting involved by signing the Power to Be campaign cards

My local MP was unable to attend the event, which was disappointing but I will be sure to reach out to him and make sure speaks up for our beliefs in parliament.  He holds regular surgeries and I’m sure your MP will too.  Why not look up your local MP and ask what they’re doing about renewable energy access?

Visit CAFOD or contact your local volunteer centre on 01978 355 084 or northwales@cafod.org.uk for more details.

Do you want to join the “Step into the Gap” Programme?

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