Sophie reflects on her year as a Gapper

In this blog we hear from Sophie, one of Salford’s wonderful gappers, as she comes to the end of her year-long placement with CAFOD.

 

“This year has been such an enjoyable and unforgettable year by far.

Volunteering for CAFOD has given me such wide perspective on life.  I have developed my leadership skills and self confidence by campaigning for CAFOD and sharing the stories of the people I encountered overseas in Ethiopia.  Being able to go overseas and see the work that CAFOD do has just been my highlight of the year and it has been a privilege to be able to tell people, especially CAFOD supporters, about it, letting them know that what they are doing is really making a positive difference to our brothers and sisters across the world.sophie end ofyear.png

I have become so close with the other gappers over the year, making strong relationships and unforgettable memories that I will treasure forever.  This year has truly enriched me and guided me to what vocation I want to do in life.  I am now off to Lancaster University to study Social Work.

Even though the Step into the Gap programme for this year is coming to an end, I will still continue to be a CAFOD Supporter, putting my faith into action for social justice.

I would like to thank CAFOD Salford for making me feel truly welcome and for all their dedication and hard work.  I would also like to give a huge thank you to all the schools I have met through talking about my overseas visit.

I wish everyone reading this a lovely summer and may God bless you on your journey.”

Inspired by Sophie’s experiences? Find out more about the Step into the Gap programme.

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.