CAFOD Salford launch of ‘The B.O.B. Box’

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The launch

On 20th June CAFOD Salford’s ‘simple, practical response to Laudato Si‘ was launched at St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale.

Our B.O.B. box, a dual purpose bird-nesting or bat roosting box, is set to make a huge impact across the Diocese of Salford – making a contribution to improving our own environment as well as supporting CAFOD’s work overseas.

The launch was attended by over 50 people – parishioners, volunteers and

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Steve Burrowes ( CPC Salford ) Liz Creagh ( HMP Buckley Hall ) and Bishop John Arnold at B.O.B. launch – St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale

representatives from local schools, members of Rochdale’s Catenian Circle and staff from HMP Buckley Hall, who will be participating in the project. We are, like with our partners overseas,  working in partnership with HMP Buckley Hall to respond to Pope Francis’ call for us all to show our love for our common home by “living more wisely, thinking more deeply and loving more generously.”

Bishop John Arnold, who has been an encouraging supporter of the project from the outset, gave the project a ringing endorsement when he said :

In ‘Laudato Si’, the letter of Pope Francis to us all, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’. We have to look after our world and all the creatures in it, just as we are to look after each other and never forget or ignore the needs of the people in the poorest countries of the world.

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And by buying the boxes we provide much needed funds to help the poorest of people to have clean water and build sustainable livelihoods for themselves.”

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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

 

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

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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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