Secondary Schools Come Together For Young Leaders Programme

Secondary schools from across the diocese came together for the second year of our CAFOD Young Leaders programme. 

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Schools from across the Hexham and Newcastle diocese gathered together

The schools gathered at St Mary’s Catholic School in Longbenton on Thursday September 28 for the first of three training days.

The programme offers students an opportunity to take the lead by volunteering for CAFOD and make a difference by fighting poverty and injustice.

Young Leaders helps to bring alive Catholic social teaching in practical ways.

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There were pupils from Year 7 up to Year 11 involved

The training, delivered by Sarah Burrows from CAFOD, offered students a great chance to meet new people and gain confidence, skills and experience.

Our next training day is in January 2018 at St John’s secondary school in Bishop Auckland.

To find out more about the Young Leaders programme, visit our website.

Billingham Volunteer Begins Gap Year Adventure!

A Billingham volunteer is dedicating a year to working alongside communities across the world by taking part in a gap year programme run by CAFOD.

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Hannah Collinson, our new gap year volunteer

Hannah Collinson is taking part in the ‘Step into the Gap’ programme after graduating from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Chemistry.

She will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a placement in the Hexham and Newcastle diocese.

Hannah will also make an international trip to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside.

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Birtley couple recognised for 45 years’ service

A Birtley couple celebrating their sapphire wedding anniversary have been recognised for their CAFOD work after raising over £100,000. 

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Kevin and Kathleen with their grandchildren

Kevin and Kathleen Haigh first signed up to volunteer for the aid agency CAFOD in 1971 and have continued throughout their married life.

The couple have put on fundraising events every year that they’ve been married, raising a staggering £100,000 for CAFOD’s work with vulnerable communities overseas.


“We have found many different ways of raising funds and awareness. We have held auctions, sponsored walks, had soup for tea afternoons on a Friday and sung carols in Gateshead’s Metro Centre since it was built,” said Kevin. 


And despite their amazing achievement, they have committed to continue their work.

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