Volunteering Experience: Westminster Media Volunteer Ellen

Ellen Wright has been volunteering for CAFOD since November 2015, leading on all the social media work for CAFOD in the Westminster diocese.

After graduating from university in 2017, Ellen started volunteering 4 days a week in the Westminster Volunteer Centre. This has been great support to us both in our media work and general office admin.

Media Volunteer Ellen with Father Sebastian and fellow CAFOD Volunteers at the CAFOD Memorial Mass

Media Volunteer Ellen with Father Sebastian and fellow CAFOD Volunteers at the CAFOD Memorial Mass

When asked why she chose to volunteer for CAFOD as a charity, Ellen said: “I really admire all the work CAFOD does and I love how it encourages us through our faith to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Not only am I lucky to have the CAFOD Westminster offices located above my parish but also my school was very proactive in supporting CAFOD throughout my years in education. Whether it was filling up the CAFOD coin pyramids or CAFOD visits at Lent or Harvest, CAFOD has always been in my life.”

Ellen has been involved in the preparation for and running of CAFOD events, which she has also reported on. This has included school and parish volunteer training days, campaign events, the CAFOD lecture and a volunteer retreat.

CAFOD Director Chris Bain with Media Volunteer at PPVI Lecture: Care For Creation 4th December 2015

CAFOD Director Chris Bain with Media Volunteer at PPVI Lecture: Care For Creation 4th December 2015

She has also taken part in the lobbying of her local MP last November as part of the One Climate One World Campaign. Ellen said,  “My favourite part by far is meeting all the different volunteers. We all come from such varying backgrounds but through our faith and our passion to help those around us, we have been able to come together to spread the word about the work of CAFOD as well as sharing our faith with the world.”

When Ellen’s not volunteering for CAFOD she enjoys her part time jobs at the Independent Living Alternatives, which helps people with special needs and working in the department store Peter Jones.

To relax, Ellen likes nothing more than playing her violin, reading a good book or making a yummy lemon cheese cake, which we were lucky enough to sample at our CAFOD office Christmas dinner! One thing you must know about Ellen is although she is happy to travel around on public transport, she will never turn down an opportunity to be chauffeured by her Dad to her social engagements!

When asked what she would say to anyone thinking of volunteering for CAFOD she replied emphatically:

“It sounds clichéd but DO IT! Volunteering for CAFOD has and is one of the best decisions I have made since graduating and I hope to be able to support CAFOD through volunteering for many years to come!”

If you’ve been inspired by Ellen’s story and want to get involved in volunteering for CAFOD, then please check our website for volunteer opportunities

Thank you Ellen, for all you do for CAFOD.

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