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. 

Young Leaders September

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.

English Martyrs go green for CAFOD

Margaret Hodgson, our wonderful Schools’ Volunteer Coordinator, recently visited The English Martyrs School in Hartlepool. 

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English Martyrs students play Sometimes, Always, Never

When you finish a can of coke (or other fizzy drink) do you make sure it gets recycled? Do you eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged meals? Do you use both sides of a piece of paper? These are just some of the questions we asked students at English Martyrs to see just how environmentally aware they were.

In a change from their normal Geography lessons, CAFOD were invited in to work with the students on the issue of climate change. The game Sometimes, Always, Never is always a favourite, asking the young people to give one of the three answers to twenty questions that explore different things we could do to help reduce climate change.

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Getting to grips with the climate change game

This was followed by the climate change game, a classic board game with a twist that, as the name suggests, presents students with a variety climate change dilemmas to overcome!

It was a great time to visit as we’ve just launched a new campaign, Power to Be, that asks governments and the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy. This will not only help offset climate change but also provide poor people living in rural areas with a much needed source of power. If you’d like to get involved, please follow the link to our webpage.

Coffee Morning Fundraising for Yemen at St Anne’s!

Crissi Booth reports on some fantastic fundraising efforts carried out by St Anne’s, Winlaton.

St Anne’s have been known for their generous donations and fundraising for CAFOD, so we spoke to Marie Cooper about what they’ve been upto!

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Parishioners working together to raise money!

“We held a coffee morning on Saturday March 4 in our Church Hall. This was preceeded by a Mass in thanksgiving for the work of CAFOD. In the 2 weeks prior to our coffee morning, we sold lots of raffle tickets before Sunday Mass – during the coffee morning we managed to sell even more!

We had lots of stalls; a tombola, bric a brac, a cake stall with homemade cakes, and, of 27.03 St Annes Winlatoncourse, tea and coffee. Everything on the stalls was very kindly donated by our generous parishioners. The total we raised during the 1.5 hours was £800!

In addition to this coffee morning, we have more upcoming events to raise money for Yemen. At St. Joseph’s, Blaydon, we will be having Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent. This will be followed by homemade soup and crusty bread, and tea and biscuits, and all donations are welcome. As mentioned, the proceeds will go to the Yemen appeal.”

We will check back with Marie to find out how the fundraising is going! Go on the website to find out more about the Yemen Crisis Appeal, and ways that you could get involved with raising some money!