Congratulations to all our young leaders who have now completed our Young Leadership programme this year. Year 12 students from across the diocese travelled to CAFOD Head Office in London for their last session, to explore our campaigns work and celebrate everything they’ve achieved. Thank you so much to all the students from our diocese including St Joseph’s College in Reading, Farnborough Hill, Oaklands in Waterlooville, St Anne’s in Southampton, Salesians College in Farnborough and Christ the King College on the Isle of Wight.
During the last six months, 77 sixth formers from our diocese have learnt about CAFOD’s vision, mission and values, explored different issues of social justice and received leadership training in communication skills, planning and project management.
In between the training sessions they’ve been putting their knowledge and skills into practice by organising fundraising activities, taking campaigning actions, delivering assemblies and encouraging others to learn more about CAFOD’s work.
The leaders have collectively reached out to thousands of people through their volunteering since the programme began. Thank you all!
Here at CAFOD Portsmouth, we try to log everything the young leaders do and they’ve carried out some great activities this year including organising bake sales, raffles, holding a staff talent show and concerts including a carol service as well as special liturgies on Ash Wednesday.
Groups had also organised pancake making, special soup lunches at Lent and presented assemblies throughout their schools to raise awareness of Fast Day. One group had given younger pupils £1 and challenged them to ‘make big fish out of little fish’ using their God given talents to fundraise for our Lenten appeal, inspired by the story of Florence and her fish farm in Zambia.
Students had also volunteered at Flame, visited the Houses of Parliament and met their MPs, written articles for magazines and messages of hope to refugees.
As well as reflecting on their volunteering experience, the leaders explored CAFOD’s advocacy work and our new ‘Power to be’ campaign on the importance of local, renewable energy.
They also looked at ways they can stay involved after their ‘graduation’, and how they can continue to make an impact in their communities, in solidarity with the communities we work with around the world.
It was a great day of celebration of all that the young leaders have achieved and all the time, energy and effort they’ve given to support CAFOD’s work.
Thank you so much to all the young people who’ve journeyed with us this year and our special thanks to all their teachers and staff who have supported them. We really appreciate all your help. Already looking forward to next year!