Livison from Harare visits North Wales!

CAFOD Programme Officer, Livison Chipatiso is currently visiting lots of parishes and schools across the North West and North Wales as we prepare for this year’s Lent Family Fast Day.


Livison joined CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator for Wrexham Diocese, Colette Byrne, and CAFOD Education Volunteer, Vin Brennan for a visit to St Winefride’s in Holywell before the school finished for half term.Vin assembly2.JPG

All school children participated in an assembly, which taught them about children in Zimbabwe who are a similar age to themselves but may not receive the food they need to grow up to be healthy and strong.  Livison shared with them some information about schools in Zimbabwe.Livison and Colette visit St Winefride's Holywell2.JPG

The Year 6 class were lucky enough to spend more time with Livison, as they played a game called ‘Life without taps’, where they learned just how difficult it is for some people to be able to access water in poorer countries, as well as some of the obstacles people may come across.

The day was so enjoyable for all involved, CAFOD’s Colette, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed bring our visitor from Zimbabwe to see the children at St Winefride’s.  Its great working with them and they love learning about CAFOD’s work, and how their support through Lent activities, is helping other children, just like them.”

This year’s Family Fast Day is on Friday 23rd February 2018, find out how you can get involved!


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

Celebrating Our Volunteers; Clodagh Cherry

Celebrating CAFOD Volunteers

Clodagh Cherry, CAFOD Education Volunteer working with children in North Wales.

Clodagh Cherry has been a CAFOD Education Volunteer since 2011.  She first heard about CAFOD as a child in church when they supported the Family Fast Day.

Clodagh’s role as an Education Volunteer is to deliver assemblies and workshops to primary school children in Wrexham Diocese. Clodagh says, ‘I particularly enjoy working with the children and sharing their thoughts and discussions, as well as building and maintaining relationships with the local schools.  I would really recommend being a CAFOD Education volunteer, the material is well developed by CAFOD, delivered in good time to the volunteers and has an immediate impact on the children’.

Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne says, ‘It is truly a Godsend to have Clodagh as our education volunteer. Clodagh actually lives in Shrewsbury Diocese and very kindly travels across to Wrexham to visit schools on our behalf.  This is a massive help to us and it would be wonderful if we were to expand on our Education Volunteers for the future too’.