Gloria in the highest!

Gloria Turner joined our team of office volunteers in September 2017 after over 30 years as a science teacher, and says ‘I had been looking for voluntary work for a while when I saw the CAFOD advert in my parish newsletter.  It seemed like a good opportunity to find out more about CAFOD and make a contribution to an agency  based on my Catholic faith.  I applied for office work as I had always enjoyed doing admin tasks in my teaching career’.

A fine voice and great hand eye coordination

In her spare time Gloria a is committed choir member as well as a tennis coach, and had the distinction at one time of being nominated in the top 6 ‘best teachers’ across the country. She was pleased to be able to bring her knowledge, skills and experience to bear on the varied role of office volunteer ‘My teaching experience has helped me to be organised, flexible, willing to learn and persevere with unfamiliar tasks and be able to communicate in a variety of ways. I have needed to use basic IT skills including data handling to be able to learn a variety of new techniques since being with CAFOD’.

Gloria, Daphne, Pat

Gloria (left) with fellow office volunteers Daphne (centre) and Pat (right) show their support for the eviction-threatened Maua community in Brazil during our campaign last year

Just after Christmas, Gloria turned up to the office with her arm in a sling. She had broken her wrist during a tennis match the same week. Despite my protestations that she should be resting, Gloria insisted that she was fine and managed to teach herself to do tasks one-handed. It was a true indication of her determination, perseverance and patient nature.

Since joining CAFOD as an office volunteer, Gloria’s versatility has led to her working on a range of tasks including  using social media including scheduling tweets and writing blogs, using Google maps to display a variety of information about schools and parishes,  contacting parish volunteers by phone and email at Lent and Harvest and preparing a report for the Bishop using sources from different locations.

Gloria is full of admiration for the work undertaken by our other volunteers: ‘As an office volunteer I have an overview of the inspiring work carried out by schools volunteers and the great fundraising work that parish volunteers do. I would encourage volunteering for CAFOD as it  is such a rewarding experience to be part of an organisation that makes such a big difference to the lives of people in many parts of the world’.

Gloria, we are full of admiration for you, and are so grateful for the contribution you have made to our work over the past year. Thank you!



“Being a schools volunteer for CAFOD is a positive experience”

Volunteers Week is a particularly good time to recognise the huge value and contribution of volunteers to our work. Here is a reblog on one of our schools volunteers Angela, who has made quite an impact visiting primary schools across the diocese

CAFOD Brentwood

Angela Pavitt is a schools volunteer in the Brentwood Diocese who has been visiting schools for almost a year. Here she reflects on her first year and describes why she thinks it is important for children and young people in schools to hear about CAFOD’s work.

Angela Pavitt croppedWhat is your background and why did you decide to become a schools volunteer for CAFOD?

I was a primary school teacher and therefore familiar with the school environment, although you don’t need to have that classroom experience to be a schools volunteer. There was an advert in our parish newsletter requesting volunteers and it coincided with the death of a close friend, who had worked in Africa most of his priestly life, so I decided to apply to be a volunteer in his memory.

ST PATRICK 1What are the things you enjoy about the role?

I really enjoy going into different schools and engaging with…

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‘I want you to tell them that we bless them’. A thank you message to all our volunteers…

Volunteers’ Week is 1st-7th June.

Our work is impossible without the support of our volunteers across the country. On behalf of CAFOD, our partners and those many, many people who have been enabled with your help to build and rebuild their communities across the world, we thank you.

Watch the ‘Thank You’ video message from CAFOD’s director of Operations, Geoff O’Donoghue.

Volunteers’ Week Events:

You are very welcome to join our Volunteers’ Week Mass of Thanksgiving at Romero House on Wednesday 6th June at 12 noon. This will be followed by a buffet lunch. For catering purposes, please register here.

Geoff O’Donoghue, our Director of Operations, shares our ambition of ‘no one beyond reach’ through the stories of those whose lives have been touched by the compassion of the Catholic community by CAFOD. Register here to join us online or receive an email of the recording.

Hear from our young people about their experience of a CAFOD gap year. Register here to join us online or receive an email of the recording.

South East Regional Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers in Farnborough – Saturday 16 June

You are also very welcome to join us at a regional mass of thanksgiving on Saturday 16 June at 2pm the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians,  1A Sherbourne Road Farnborough GU14 6JS Tania Dalton, CAFOD’s Coomunications Officer for Latin America, will speak about our international work and after mass there will be refreshments and cakes and an opportunity to do a Share the Journey walk.  For more information contact us on 01277 218730 or email