“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

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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 https://goo.gl/maps/kgsgHuf7VhN2 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 brentwood@cafod.org.uk

CAFOD fundraiser wins prestigious community award

A hard-working teacher has won a prestigious award after a decade of fundraising has helped her school raise more than £30,000 for CAFOD.

Angela-SparkeAngela Sparke, assistant headteacher and Year Four teacher at St Peter’s school in Billericay, has won Fundraiser of the Year at the Basildon Festival Leisure Park 2018 Community Awards.

She was nominated after helping her school to raise £31,578 through 10 years of tireless fundraising.

Every year, the school has a whole half term of activities from October to December and they host events such as craft days, film and popcorn afternoons, and Christmas markets.


Angela collects the Fundraiser of the Year  2018 award

“Every year, the pupils of the school council decide what they want to do and what world gifts they want to buy – we usually try to include a community water gift or something to do with healthcare, as these gifts make a really big impact and help to train people.

“The pupils are really involved and invested in the whole things and like the idea that they are helping people to be independent and self-sufficient. The fundraising is down to a whole team of people – I just help to jivy them along!”

Alongside her fundraising, Angela has also been a volunteer for CAFOD for many years, as a speaker at Mass and formerly as an office volunteer.

CAFOD’s Community and Participation Co-ordinator, Chris Driscoll, said that CAFOD was very grateful for all her hard work.

He added: “Angela has been tireless in fundraising and is a wonderful ambassador for CAFOD – she fully deserves to win the award of Fundraiser for the Year.”