Getting Hands On for Colombia

Parish fundraiser invites overseas speaker to parish soup lunch at 12:00 pm, to tell us how we can get Hands On in Colombia.

We welcome Barbara Davies-Quy, our Country Representative for Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. She will be giving a talk in Porthcawl, at the parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, on Saturday 16 February, at 1:00 pm. Continue reading

Become a CAFOD Climate Champion

Are you passionate about climate change and poverty? Are you aged 18-35? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you could be one of our next Climate Champions.

Helping tackle climate change and poverty are both fundamental parts of our Catholic faith. This opportunity will give you the chance to meet like-minded people from across Europe who, like you, are interested in improving our world and responding to climate change.

During this experience, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Get involved in fundraising events
  • Inspire others to take part in CAFOD’s new climate campaign, Our Common Home
  • Meet your local MP
  • Experience a mass lobby of Parliament
  • Take part in a residential weekend

This is the perfect opportunity for people who are interested in improving our world’s sustainability and want to share their enthusiasm with others. We are keen to recruit individuals from any background, with a range of skills and experience.

How to get involved:

To apply or to find out more, please visit the following link: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/How-to-Campaign/Climate-Champions and complete the attached form. Or contact Libby Abbot on 0303 303 3030; or labbott@cafod.org.uk

“No one beyond reach” talk by Geoff O’Donoghue

Our very own Director of Operations will be visiting Mumbles parish to share our new ambition, “No one beyond reach” as part of their Lenten lunch.

Geoff O’Donoghue, on Saturday 9 March, at Our Lady, Star of the Sea parish in Mumbles, Swansea, will share his experiences of working with communities across the globe and how we are transforming lives and bringing lasting change.

He will begin at 11:00 am and as well as this, the parish is providing a soup lunch after Mass. Among them are our parish volunteers, Sue Philippart and Sarah O’Kane, both part of our Education volunteer team, who will also be taking part in this day.

Geoff will be talking about our new ambition, “No one beyond reach”, which highlights how we are part of a global Catholic network and local presence and how we have the potential to reach everyone. We know that one in three requests for help have to be turned away and so, we know we can do more to reach and support more people and communities.

Talk in Cwmbran – Head of International Operations

Head of International Operations shares her stories of hope through her everyday work in CAFOD.

On Saturday 23 March, we welcome Fionuala Murray to Our Lady of the Angels, in Cwmbran, who will be relaying our aims to tackle the cause of poverty, as well as sharing her own experience of managing our overseas operations.   Continue reading

Meet our newest volunteer Charlotte!

Today marks my first day as a volunteer for CAFOD South Wales and I look forward to seeing what the next few weeks will bring!

My name is Charlotte Kay, I am 21 years old and grew up in Preston, Lancashire. Whilst undertaking my volunteer work, I am also completing the final year of my Religious Studies and Philosophy degree at Cardiff University. During my time here, I am hoping to get involved in the media side of CAFOD, including writing news stories about current events within CAFOD South Wales. Additionally, I am also hoping to develop our social media presence to ultimately increase the readership on online news and communication outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook.

I decided to get involved in CAFOD due to both my university degree course and personal influences. Since September, I have been studying a ‘Religion in the Workplace’ module which encouraged students to engage in a placement within a local charity or faith organisation. This gave me an opportunity to get in touch with CAFOD South Wales to improve my understanding of the work they do both in the UK and overseas. Additionally, it allowed me to dedicate my time to raise awareness of current issues and to further promote CAFOD online. Also, for several years now, parts of my family and school peers have had connections with CAFOD Lancaster which inspired me to build upon their knowledge by getting involved in a different volunteering region.

I look forward to continuing my volunteer work here at CAFOD and I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the dedicated people within the charity. Also, I hope to learn more about the many inspirational people that CAFOD helps, both here and around the world, by shaping and improving their lives.