Celebrating our wonderful school volunteers. Roger says volunteering is “spiritually rewarding.”

Roger Coveney School volunteer for NW Hampshire

We have 15 amazing CAFOD school volunteers in the Portsmouth diocese who visit the Catholic primary and secondary schools. Well at least they did before lockdown but unfortunately because of restrictions they haven’t been able to visit schools in person since February 2020! However they have taken advantage of the technology and offered virtual and recorded assembles and workshops to schools instead. Roger tells us why he became a school volunteer….

“When I was asked to write down my reasons for  becoming a CAFOD volunteer, I said yes without giving it too much thought. Then I realised that our reason for doing things is not always clear even to ourselves. So I had to reflect back to try to identify the true reasons behind my decision. When I saw an advert for volunteers in the parish newsletter I felt it was something I needed to do. We think about “giving back” and this I felt would be a very positive way of  doing so, it could offer me a chance of being involved in changing lives for the better.

Being a school volunteer has afforded me the privilege of helping young people recognise our global brothers and sisters and how we are all interconnected. Not only am I involved in fundraising I am involved in education and it is that education and learning that will allow my giving back to continue to to be effective into the future.

 So again, why did I become a CAFOD school volunteer? It was to help others and importantly to help those people who have least in this world, and I find it spiritually rewarding.”

If you are interested in becoming a school volunteer then contact Jo on portsmouth@cafod.org.uk

This term we are asking our schools to send a message to the government to tell them that the eyes of the world are watching them as the UK is hosting the COP 26 climate talks in November. There is more information on this campaign for primary and secondary schools.

Our next national assembly on Thursday 10th June will be on Fratelli Tutti the Pope’s latest encyclical click here for more information.

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