Many thanks to our new CAFOD Young Leaders who attended their first day of training yesterday at St Joseph’s College Reading. Year 12 students from 6 schools in the diocese signed up to the training :- Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Christ the King, Farnborough Hill, Salesians, St Anne’s and St Joseph’s College. Students from St Peter’s, St George’s and Salesians Chertsey in the Arundel and Brighton diocese also joined us which means that 60 young people have volunteered to be CAFOD Young Leaders.
Sarah Burrows from CAFOD’ s Youth team started the training by welcoming the students and staff, and reflecting on “our place in the world” . After a few lively ice breakers the students matched up facts and figures from the World Statistics activity which included the fact the 1.1 billion people don’t have access to electricity. Then the students explored what is a leader and shared their thoughts on the qualities of leadership.
The afternoon focussed on CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and with the help of a variety resources the Young Leaders were asked to produce a short presentation to promote the campaign.
The day concluded with the Power to Be activity where everyone was asked to write a thought or prayer about access to energy on a ray and place it on the sun.
Many thanks to the staff from the schools who are supporting the students in this training and for accompanying yesterday. Also thanks to St Joseph’s college Reading who hosted the day and provided excellent refreshments! Lastly thanks to Liz Burden and Linda Heneghan CAFOD school volunteers who came to help with the training.
We look forward to hearing how the Young Leaders promote the Power to Be campaign in their schools -do send us your photos, and see you for next training day on 25th January.