Our Fantastic School Volunteers ….. would you like to join our team?

Portsmouth diocese school volunteers

Portsmouth diocese school volunteers

We had great meeting yesterday with schools volunteers in the Portsmouth diocese to explore the school resources for this term especially Lent 2020 which will focus on The Amazon. Our school volunteers are a fantastic group of people who visit catholic schools around the diocese to deliver assemblies and workshops which inspire young people to care for our world and for those living in poverty overseas.

Exploring the Lent resources

Exploring the Lent resources

If you have time during the week and a passion for helping young people make a difference then why not consider becoming a CAFOD school volunteer. We need volunteers in Winchester, Chandler’s Ford, Portsmouth and Guernsey. Full training and support is provided so please contact me at portsmouth@cafod.org.uk   or call 01252 329385 for more information.


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 portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

Staff at St Bede’s Primary School explore the plight of refugees.

St Bede's Staff

St Bede’s Staff

Many thanks to Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading area for exploring the plight of refugees with staff from St Bede’s Primary in Basingstoke . They took part in a CAFOD workshop called “On the Move” which simulates the situation of refugees who have to leave their homes at short notice because of war or violence. Part of the workshop explores discussing which items you would take with you if you only had 10 minutes to pack a bag, and then reflecting on whether these would be the best items to take afterwards. The workshop gives a real insight into the difficulties refugees face when they are forced to leave their homes and travel to safety.

Staff at St Bede's

Staff at St Bede’s

Our school volunteers work in Primary and Secondary schools across the diocese delivering assemblies and workshops about CAFOD’s work. We are always looking for more school volunteers so if you are interested please contact portsmouth@cafod.org.uk  or call 01252 329385