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.

Celebrating Volunteers Week

From 4 to 8 June is Volunteers Week. To mark this we are opening our Volunteer Centre at Framwellgate Moor between 10.00am to 3.00pm on Monday 4 June. Why not pop along  for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. There’ll be volunteers and staff around that you can talk to. Maybe you can spare some time to volunteer with us. Come along on Monday 4 June to find out more.

Hannah’s CAFOD Adventure in Sierra Leone

Step into the Gap volunteer Hannah Collinson is heading to Sierra Leone as part of her CAFOD gap year! Read her thoughts below… 

Hannah Collinson

Hannah is travelling to Sierra Leone

At the end of January, as part of my year with Step into the Gap, I will be travelling to Sierra Leone for two and a half weeks. During this time, myself and three other CAFOD gappers will visit Freetown, Kambia and Bo.

In these three towns we will be visiting different CAFOD partners such as KADDRO which focuses on livelihood support and emergency response in Kambia; The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary who work to improve water, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene in Bo and CARITAS which focuses on good governance and security in Freetown.

We will also be meeting the CAFOD staff in the Sierra Leone office and spending time with the communities that CAFOD and our partners have helped and are continuing to help. I am excited to meet the communities, to see the impact first hand and to really learn valuable lessons that will inspire and humble us on our journeys. Although at times it may be difficult, I am really hoping to experience the sense of hope and progress within the communities after the Ebola Crisis.

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