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


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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Fairtrade Break at Loreto

Staff at Loreto High School, Chorlton, celebrated Fairtrade fortnight with a Fairtrade break in the staffroom. This was well attended and raised awareness about the importance of Fairtrade.

CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Fairtrade products such as cocoa, coffee, tea, sugar, fruit, cotton and thousands of other top quality goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices. This ensures that the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and have a little extra to put back into their communities.