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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.

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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.

Find out more and apply today

Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions to change the world

Happy New Year!

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CAFOD Volunteers Sophie and Lizzie

To many, the New Year is a wonderful time of hope and possibility. Despite continuing challenges in the world, in 2016 the compassion and generosity of the Catholic community has helped improve the lives of many men, women and children, through the work of CAFOD, and will continue to do so in 2017. In this spirit of hope, we often make resolutions in the New Year to improve our lives and the lives of others.

Here are our top ten ways to support CAFOD and change the world in 2017:

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Volunteers inspire schools to Brighten Up for Harvest

This term, CAFOD Education Volunteers have been visiting schools across the Diocese to share CAFOD’s work at Harvest. Ann Hayes shares the experiences from St James the Less Primary School.

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St James the Less Primary celebrate Harvest

When I first saw CAFOD’s new assembly with the story of Wonder Worm, a superhero worm helping families in Bolivia, I knew the story would be a hit with volunteers and schools. And I haven’t been wrong. This term volunteers have been visiting schools sharing the story of Wonder Worm and food production in Bolivia and inviting children and young people to Brighten Up for Harvest to help our brothers and sisters living in poverty.

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Andrea and John, visited St James the Less Primary School to share CAFOD’s work this Harvest and help the children understand about the causes and solutions to poverty.

The pupils chaplains, Olivia, Rebekah, George, Meabh, Lilya, Millie, Nell and Sofia, said:

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Andrea and John deliver an assembly at St James the Less

‘At St James the Less Primary School we have been busy celebrating Harvest and raising money for people in Bolivia. Andrea and John from CAFOD visited us to tell us all about Rilba and his family. We learnt about how hard it is to grow crops because of the changing climate. However, with money donated by CAFOD, Rilba and his family now have greenhouses and wonder worms for the soil to help grow their vegetables. Last Tuesday, Canon Lupton celebrated our CAFOD Harvest Mass in school. Then after the Mass, we raised £104.65 with our cake sale. The cakes were colourful and delicious and we had cakes for two days because there were so many left over!’

Thank you so much to everyone at St James the Less Primary School for your hard work

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The bright cake sale at St James the Less school!

and generosity! It is wonderful to hear that the children were so inspired by Andrea and John’s visit, and I know that many schools have been enjoying CAFOD visits this term, about a range of topics including the Year of Mercy, refugees and the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Book a CAFOD visitor for your school

Schools across the diocese have been inspired and supported by CAFOD Education Volunteers this term, but we are always looking for more. If you think you’d like to volunteer in schools for CAFOD, get in touch.