Volunteer Centre Open Day Wednesday 28 November

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Our Volunteer Centre in Hexham and Newcastle Diocese will be open from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Wednesday 28 November.

Come along and visit us, have a cup of tea or coffee and an informal chat to find out about the amazing range of volunteering opportunities offered by us.  No matter what your skills, no matter how much time you have, there’s an opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to changing the lives of people affected by poverty.

Be part of the CAFOD Family

You can find us at: St Bede’s Presbytery, Carr House Drive, Framwellgate Moor, Durham DH1 5LZ.

Exercising our democratic right

St John's Youth Council“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

Volunteer with CAFOD today in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

There are opportunities in the following roles:

  • Parish Volunteer to assist your PP with our Lent and Harvest Family Fast Day, emergencies, campaigns, parish fundraising for CAFOD
  • Education Volunteers to visit our Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in the diocese
  • Office Volunteers to undertake admin and other office duties
  • Member of Parliament Correspondents (MPC’s) to build a relationship with your local MP and writing to her/him up to three times a year
  • Communications Volunteer who will write press releases, blogs and tweets and give the occasional radio interview

These are just a few examples of the ways in which you can volunteer some of your spare time, putting your faith into action.

Step into the Gap-We’re on our way



Our team of Step into the Gap volunteers are departing on their overseas trips to either Sierra Leone, Nicaragua and El Salvador.  Hannah Collinson is on placement with our Youth Ministry Team in Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. She tells us about what she has been doing to prepare for her overseas visit to Sierra Leone:


“In order to prepare for the trip we have been learning more about social justice, sustainable development and culture especially linked to Sierra Leone. We have also been spreading awareness about CAFOD’s work and  the impact everyone can make during retreats  at the Youth Ministry Team where I volunteer. This included a morning prayer session in which young people used the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love to write messages that will be taken and possibly exchanged with the people we encounter in Sierra Leone.

I feel so privileged to be involved in such amazing work and to have this incredible opportunity  as part of that. I hope to do justice to the people we meet when we return and share the truth that we have heard. I am really excited to share this experience with the young people that come on retreat, so that they can really see the bigger picture of CAFOD’s work and the impact that they can all contribute to”.

Applications for CAFOD’s gap year programme are open. For anyone aged 18 – 30: an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas. The deadline is 19th February. For all information and how to apply visit www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year or contact Catherine Jones 0207 095 5308 cjones@cafod.org.uk