Celebrating Andrea Allcock, one of our education volunteers

Andrea has just completed her first year of volunteering for CAFOD, as an education volunteer. She has been a wonderful addition to the volunteer team in Salford and has visited a number of schools, both primary and secondary.

Andrea works brilliantly with both the children and the teachers that she meets. She is great at engaging children with CAFOD’s stories, on a level they can understand. Often after Andrea’s visits, children enthusiastically take up fundraising and other CAFOD activities in school. She works closely with the teachers, and keep in touch after her visit. She’s also great at sharing her experiences on Twitter!

Andrea offers a lot to her volunteering with CAFOD, often going out of her way to help when needed, despite having a busy family life!

We’d like to say a big thank you to Andrea for doing so much for CAFOD and the schools she works in, even in her first year of volunteering!andrea

 

Celebrating Linda Swarbrick, one of our parish volunteers

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Linda is our parish volunteer at Brownedge, St Mary’s at Bamber Bridge and, as such, has a great team of people around her to assist in this role.  She is a lovely warm person who is instrumental in ensuring things happen in the parish from the 2 annual Fast Days to the monthly meetings after daily mass on the first Friday of the month. She encourages fundraising and has found ingenious ways to raise money for CAFOD from selling unwanted jewellery to organising a hugely successful music evening with her daughter’s choir. She leads the parish in the Connect2 programme and hosted our visitors from El Salvador, when they came over a couple of years ago. Her spirit is palpable as is her commitment to those in the Global South. She is always willing to share her ideas and works with local parishes in a mutually supportive way. She has enabled us to have our fast day briefings in her parish and has encouraged the parishioners to attend. She is a huge asset as one of our parish volunteers. She is pictured here standing next to her husband, Philip.

Three things to ask this general election

 

Step into the Gap volunteer, Lizzie, who is currently volunteering at Just Youth, reflects on her recent trip to Cambodia and how it has inspired questions for her parliamentary candidates.

Lizzie with her MP and volunteer, Sophie

Lizzie (right) met her MP in October

On 18th April, Theresa May called a General Election. This was immediately followed by campaigning and manifestos, news reports and social media posts. The topics that got us all talking were Brexit, a term we have come to use on a daily basis, the NHS and education. During this time, one thing struck me: we are incredibly inward facing.
Don’t get me wrong, these are extremely important issues that any government needs to address, however as a nation we also have a duty to our brothers and sisters across the world, not just across the street. CAFOD supporters have shown time and time again this truth. Through campaigns and appeals, CAFOD has joined with other UK-based development agencies to show not only the government, but also the rest of the world, that we care for our common home and those we share it with.

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