Fresh start to the New Year

As a new year begins, many of us will make (and often break) resolutions that we believe will make our lives better. In 2014, why not resolve to do something to make other lives better?

Supporting CAFOD offers many opportunities to get involved and make a difference to the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

Time to give?

St Michael's East Ham volunteer Peter Jones

St Michael’s, East Ham volunteer Peter Jones

We are looking to grow our team of Education Volunteers, particularly in the Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Newham areas, to take the CAFOD message into Catholic schools. Full training is given and great resources supplied which will help you to inspire children and young people to act and make the world a fairer place in line with their faith. Completion of an interview, training days and DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB) will be required for successful applicants.

St Thomas of Canterbury Grays and Patrick

St Thomas of Canterbury Grays and Patrick

Maybe you would like to volunteer in your own parish. Parish Volunteers play an important part helping with Lent and Harvest Fast Days, publicising local and national events and possibly organising events in the parish. Is this something you would be interested in? We would love to hear from you.

Perhaps you enjoy public speaking (or would like to try?) – have you considered Speaking for CAFOD in parishes? We rely on volunteers to visit parishes (usually around Lent and Harvest fast days) to thank parishioners for their support and to share a story from one of our projects overseas.

To help you find out more about CAFOD and volunteering opportunities, please join us on Saturday 1st February for a day exploring all things CAFOD – from the vision, mission and values that drive us, to the countries we work in overseas, to how you can get involved and more! The Understanding CAFOD Day will be held at CAFOD’s head office at Romero House, SE1. The day runs 10am to 4pm, with tea and coffee being served from 9:30am. Contact CAFOD Brentwood brentwood@cafod.org.uk or phone 0208 502 9722 for more information.

Could you give regularly?
Could you spare £1 a week? By donating £1 a week or more to CAFOD you can give our hungry brothers and sisters a fairer share of the feast God spreads for us all. Make a place at your table here >>

Could you pray for our work?
Sign up for weekly email reflections on a Scripture passage and short prayer throughout the year

The Antony family

The Antony family

Perhaps your personal resolution is to do something active – there are lots of sponsored events to take part in or for a gentle stroll around Hanningfield Reservoir, join CAFOD Brentwood on Friday 25th April. If you prefer cycling, Pedal against Poverty is a 10 or 18 mile cycle along the Lea Valley and takes place on Sunday 18th May.

Fancy a challenge and over 16? Join Team CAFOD on May 3rd and 4th for the Harlow Water Tower 110ft abseil.

Less of a challenge?

How about finding a nice ethical, green energy supplier? Even better, how about an 100 per cent green energy supplier who will donate money to CAFOD’s work tackling poverty when you switch? Britain’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, will donate money to CAFOD every time a CAFOD supporter switches to them. Find out more here >>

And finally, please read our blog regularly … join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter … and thank you!

Joanna, Denise and Mary, CAFOD Brentwood

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