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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.

Step into the gap

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 September 2017, the placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills by volunteering in the UK, as well as visiting one of 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 Salford diocese, Lizzie and Sophie, are just coming to the end of their placements.

Volunteers hold CAFOD signs

CAFOD Volunteers Sophie and Lizzie

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.”

As well as limited remaining placements at Just Youth in Salford, there is a new opening for a placement 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.

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Bringing Stories of Cambodia to Salford

Lizzie is one of our Step Into The Gap volunteers based at Just Youth in Salford and has recently returned from her overseas visit to Cambodia.


Nearly two months after we returned from visiting CAFOD partners in Cambodia, there have been so many opportunities to share our experiences. We met with some of the most inspiring people, both partner staff and community members, whose stories it is a privilege to share with CAFOD supporters back here in England and Wales.

Once we had returned, the whole Step into the Gap team met together for a weekend of reflection, both individually, in our travel teams and as a whole group. One of the


Lizzie spoke at Mass in parishes around Salford for Lent Fast Day.

things I took most from this was the idea of not just meeting people, but sharing an encounter with them. The idea of having a deeper connection with others is something that we held at the heart of our time in Cambodia; sharing an encounter with everyone I meet back in the UK is something I wish to continue as it forms a relationship between two strangers in a way that a simple conversation doesn’t.

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Catharine’s Blog


My name is Catharine Oldfield, I am 18 years old and have decided to spend my gap year on CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme before I go to the University of Hull to study Criminology and Sociology. For the year I will be based in Salford at Just Youth doing a wide range of activities such as going into high schools and primary schools and doing retreat days and running youth programmes with the children. My work at Just Youth also includes helping at the youth club and helping with the Charity Revive which works with asylum seekers and refugees.

I have been here for just over a month now and so far I love the work I’ve been doing and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year ahead. Especially the 3 weeks that we will be spending abroad where I will discover first hand CAFOD’s work overseas.

If you are aged 18-30, find out how you could volunteer with CAFOD by just visiting the website: