Taunton Parishioner Doug Lowe shares CAFOD’s work with Churches Together in Mere, Wiltshire

St George’s parishioner Doug Lowe who has supported CAFOD for the past 25 years recently gave a CAFOD presentation about CAFOD’s work and Share the Journey. Doug who has managed CAFOD’s work at the Greenbelt Festival as one of his many volunteering roles for CAFOD, along with running many CAFOD events in and around Taunton, travelled to Mere for a Churches Together Annual General Meeting.

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Parishioners get creative to raise awareness for the Lent Appeal.

There have been lots of events going on across the Clifton diocese to raise money for the Lent campaign to ‘turn on the taps’ and provide clean and safe water across the world.

A collection in church is a simple and effective way to raise funds but often it is hard to convey all the information about the appeal in a way that is accessible to everyone.

I caught up with one parishioner, Margaret Evans, who has been a CAFOD volunteer for over 10 years to ask her how she raises awareness for the Lent appeal at the Holy Family in Swindon.

“We have been doing a collection for CAFOD over Lent, we did it last weekend and it is open for a few more weeks.

“We are very lucky as we have lots of boards in the church, but ours is a beautiful but modern church meaning there are benches on three sides. This means that the boards need to capture people attention where ever they are sitting so they can see it even if they cannot read it.

“So, I came up with the idea of the bold boards for Lent and Harvest. I have been making them for over 10 years and many people comment on them. The idea is to get the message across, in addition to giving a talk and when you take a collection it is reflective of the board.”

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“I have been involved in CAFOD for 11 years and was one of Clifton diocese first school volunteers. We have always had good training and leadership – I really appreciate the refresher days and the great resources.

“It really is such a wonderful organisation and I am really proud to be part of it!”

CAFOD Clifton is actively appealing for more school Volunteers – for more details please go to SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

Donate now to the Lent Appeal.

CAFOD Clifton – School Volunteers

CAFOD Clifton is actively recruiting School Volunteers for Education purposes in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and 6th Form Colleges

For Primary Schools the School Volunteer role is very important in giving pupils an awareness of who CAFOD is and to helping explain what CAFOD does.

Rough Guide for Children

The Education role in Primary Schools consists of:

    • Complete relevant training with CAFOD’s Education Team
    • Initiate and build relationships through regular contact with allocated primary schools, maintain own knowledge of current developments with training etc.
    • Meet regularly (i.e. at least once a year) with Head and CAFOD Volunteers Co-ordinator to ensure activities fit into school curriculum
    • Through assemblies and/or classroom workshops, raise awareness about global development issues and promote the work of CAFOD (particularly around the two Fast days) within the school environment and to encourage to fundraise wherever possible
    • Attend Understanding CAFOD Day, two Schools Volunteer Training Days, shadowing another School Volunteer, and attending annual Volunteers’ Refresher Days
    • Complete and email/post the appropriate paperwork to the Diocesan Office, after every school visit

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Samples from Primary School Rough Guide to CAFOD Presentation

In Secondary Schools our young people are brilliant advocates in campaigning for social justice and in helping promote that which we are all called to, of “Just One World”

The Education role in Secondary Schools consists of: 

  • Complete relevant training with CAFOD’s Education Team
  • Attend Understanding CAFOD Day, two Schools Volunteer Training Days, shadowing another School Volunteer, and attending annual Volunteers’ Refresher Days
  • As per Primary School Volunteer with the addition of looking at Chaplains, Teachers, Diocesan Youth Service to also serve the role of volunteers in schools, and with the addition of encouraging High Schools to form CAFOD groups
  • Nurture good working relationships through regular contact with allocated secondary schools, maintain own knowledge of current developments with training etc.
  • Meet regularly (i.e. at least once a year) with Head and CAFOD Volunteers Co-ordinator to ensure activities fit into school curriculum
  • Respond to invitations to deliver assemblies and/or classrooms workshops, to raise awareness about global development issues and promote the work of CAFOD (particularly around the two Fast days) within the school environment and to encourage  support for CAFOD wherever possible
  • Complete and email/post the appropriate paperwork to the Diocesan Office, after every school visit

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