Great Day with School Volunteers exploring Zero Hero resources.

School volunteers

Fantastic day on Tuesday with some of our school volunteers exploring this term’s resources on climate change. We are asking schools to get involved by being Zero Heroes and inviting their MPs into their schools to discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.

Our school volunteers visit primary and secondary schools in the diocese to deliver assemblies and workshops on CAFOD’s work. They are a great team and we are looking for new volunteers to visit schools in the Guernsey, Hampshire Downs, North East Hampshire, Portsmouth and St Swithun Wells Pastoral Areas.

Exploring the resources

Exploring the resources

Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading Area told us why she is a school volunteer. “It’s a real privilege to be able to visit our Diocesan Schools and share the amazing work that CAFOD is able to accomplish due to the ongoing support of Schools and Parishes. The children are so eager to learn about their brothers and sisters in the developing world and have a real empathy for them in recognising the injustices and social inequalities that exist.

Volunteering has allowed me to keep in touch with Catholic Education, work alongside young people and meet old and new friends. I love it when I go into schools and the children recognise me as the CAFOD lady and occasionally I’ll be greeted in the same way out of school. It’s great to have a sense of purpose and be a very small cog in ‘machinery’ that makes up our amazing Catholic charity CAFOD.”

To find out more about being a school volunteer please contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email 

Young Leaders are Climate Change Zero Heroes.

Young Leaders making a zero

Great to see our Young Leaders from Farnborough Hill, St Anne’s Southampton , St Joseph’s College Reading and Salesian College Farnborough at our third training day yesterday. We had a fantastic day exploring problem solving skills and campaigning.

String Game

The day kicked off with the string game where groups of 7 students had to make different letters and numbers using string but with their eyes closed. There were some hilarious results but the students found creative ways to tackle this challenge.

After the icebreaker the Young Leaders shared the fundraising activities they organised last term to raise money for the Lent fast day appeal. These ranged from a sponsored silence to soup lunches to fairtrade tasting and no phone days. Thank you so much for all your fantastic fundraising activities.

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In the afternoon we looked at past CAFOD campaigns and the different ways of campaigning,  and then launched our new Our Common Home campaign on climate change. We challenged the students to come up with exciting  ideas on how to be Zero Heroes and engage their school community in this campaign which calls on the government to pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2045. This means only putting the same amount of emissions into the atmosphere as we take out. For example, cutting our use of fossil fuels and protecting and planting trees, which take in carbon dioxide as they grow.

We look forward to hearing  how the Young Leaders engage their communities in the campaign at our celebration day on 25th June at Romero House where Young leaders from around the country will gather to celebrate their achievements and be presented with their certificates.

Many thanks to Farnborough Hill school for hosting the third day and for providing a very warm welcome and a delicious lunch!. Also a huge thank you to the staff accompaniers who have supported the students throughout the year, and to Sarah Burrows CAFOD’s Youth Leadership coordinator who has planned and led each training day.

Finally thank you to all the Young Leaders whose enthusiasm and energy is truly inspiring…. looking forward to seeing you on the 25th June.

Golf day in aid of CAFOD on Friday 12th July

The golf day in aid of CAFOD is being organised by Joe Shelvin and Pat Murphy  who are members of  Province 11 Catenians . If you are interested please contact Pat Murphy by email

“The golf day will be held at the delightful Weybrook Park, close to the centre of Basingstoke on the A339 is easily accessible from the M3, is set in the delightful North Hampshire Downs. The competition will be played over 18 holes, with 2 scores to count in a 3 player AmAm team format, with the first tee off at 12 noon.

There will also be prizes for best individual score and nearest the pin.

CAFOD supporters at a previous CAFOD Golf Day

CAFOD supporters at a previous CAFOD Golf Day

We will follow the golf with dinner, to which your non-golfing partners are very welcome to join us.

Entry cost, to include a donation to CAFOD, is £50 per player, or £30 for club members.  We welcome entries from teams of 3, but if you cannot make up a team, don’t worry as we will place you into a team with others.

We do hope  that you will be able to join us again to make it as enjoyable as it has been in previous years, whilst at the same time helping us to raise funds for a very worthy cause.” Joe Shelvin  and Pat Murphy