Ann Hayes is a Community Participation Co-Ordinator for CAFOD in Salford and Liverpool Dioceses, focusing on education. Here she shares her New Year’s Resolution to stand in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities.
I’m hoping to get a lovely fountain pen and some recycled envelopes for Christmas, because my New Year’s resolution is letter writing. Specifically, writing letters to my MP.
Near the end of this year, I went to a Speak Up event at St Mary’s School, where CAFOD Young Leaders and other students spoke to their MP, Andy Burnham, about the importance of taking action on climate change. It was so wonderful to see the young speak so passionately about climate change and their strong desire for justice, as well as feeling empowered to make a difference through speaking to their MP.
It was also great to meet Andy Burnham and see how receptive he was to the students’ messages. By writing to my own MP, I hope I can raise their awareness of poverty and injustice, empower them to speak up in parliament, and make a real difference to those living in poverty overseas.
One way to do this is to become an MP Correspondent. CAFOD will let you know the important issues affecting the communities we work with, so that you can raise them with your MP through letters and meetings. This is great for me, since I don’t have much time to spare with a full time job and other commitments. By becoming an MP correspondent I can make a real difference to the structures that keep people living in poverty, and can do it in those spare minutes on my sofa!
Of course, if you have more time, there are a range of ways you can make volunteering for CAFOD your New Year’s Resolution, and change the world at the same time! If you’d like to find out about how you can volunteer in your parish, in schools, and in CAFOD Salford’s Volunteer Centre, please get in touch.