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

Global Wave of Prayer

Today Caritas Internationalis is launching the

One Human Family, Food for All

campaign on global hunger, focusing on food and the right to food.

You are warmly invited to join in the worldwide “wave of prayer”  today, with all members of the Caritas family.  The prayer wave starts on the island of Samoa and will sweep across the globe, over all continents and time zones.

Please join in this wave of prayer, at 12 noon, either on your own or with friends, or even stopping for a moment at your desk by saying the campaign prayer for an end to world hunger.

Pope Francis has recorded a special video message in support of the campaign:


The campaign aims to end world hunger by 2025 and our Hungry for Change campaign  feeds into it. You can find more information on the global campaign on our website and on the Caritas Internationalis website.

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CAFOD: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

For over 50 years CAFOD has been working in some of the hardest to reach places, during times of unrest, during and after emergencies, and working with local communities and partners. All of this is made possible due to the prayers, campaigning, fundraising and efforts of CAFOD supporters and volunteers.So, on Saturday, 13th July 2013, the CAFOD offices from the North-West held a conference in St Patrick’s church in Manchester to enable supporters from this region to learn more about CAFOD’s work overseas. At the conference Geoff O’Donoghue, head of CAFOD’s International Divsion was joined by international staff who work in Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as staff who work in the Humanitarian team.

Geoff opened the conference by sharing the story of the monkey and the fish, to explain how CAFOD tries to always seek ways of understanding situations and working with people who know what is needed to achieve the best outcomes. For me, one of the most striking things he said was: “if you have two coats, you should not be asking who you can give one to; you should be asking whose coat do you have?

Delia Keville from the Salford Diocese said: “There are tangible results with CAFOD. You see how your work is helping those in need and you see how your donations are used to benefit those in need. I have every confidence in CAFOD and the work they do. The work in Sierra Leone is a great example of CAFOD’s Donations and help from the volunteers going to a good cause.

At the end of the event when asked about their favourite part of the event, one North Wales volunteer said: “Geoff O’ Donoghue’s speech was really inspiring and left me with a greater desire to help others in need. His telling of ‘The Good Samaritan’ was a perfect fit for the tone of today’s event.”

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