Help us tell the stories of CAFOD Westminster

We would love to have a communications volunteer who could help us with:

  • Social media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Putting together press releases for local papers
  • Writing articles for The Westminster Record
  • This blog!

If you enjoying writing, tweeting and blogging or would like experience in communications or PR, then contact Tony and Nalini at westminster@cafod.org.uk  or call 020 8449 6970

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We can offer training in social media strategy, and how to write engaging and eye catching press releases,  so you can gain crucial experience, skills and points on your CV. You may be able to visit our office in North London or you could possibly work from a distance in the comfort of your own home. Expenses are covered.

For me, utilising social media is crucial in order to reach a wider audience and get the message out to them about CAFOD’s great work especially at a local level. It is something I can easily incorporate into my hectic life at University and feel I am still making a difference.” Jack, communications volunteer in Northampton

All experience levels are very welcome to express interest – all you need is a willingness to help us with increasing our social media presence and help get CAFOD in the paper! So please get in touch.

 

SS Alban & Stephen parish supper in St. Albans is a roaring success

Many thanks to parishioners from St. Albans, who have fundraised over £360 this Harvest!

Churchgoers from SS Alban & Stephen parish came together to raise money for our annual Harvest appeal with a simple soup evening.  Over 80 people enjoyed a choice of five different homemade soups and freshly baked bread, before watching the 2016 film ‘Lion’.  The film follows the life of a five year old Indian boy who becomes separated from his family, which eventually leads to be him being adopted by a family from Australia.

Stan Grabecki who helped to organise the event said:

“By eating a soup supper, we were able to experience a simple but delicious shared meal which brought us closer to our less fortunate sisters and brothers overseas. Watching Lion gave us a glimpse of what life is like for so many children in so many countries and the communal clearing up session – 90 minutes – taught us all about solidarity and mutual support!”

The money raised by SS Albans and Stephen is just an example of the wonderful generosity so many parishes across the diocese haves shown this Harvest.  Thanks very much to you all for your support!

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A decade of running raises thousands for CAFOD

A CAFOD volunteer and parishioner from Fulham is soon to take part in his tenth Great South Run in aid of CAFOD.  Kevin Lawler will be running the ten-mile course on the 22nd October and we’ll all be cheering him on from Westminster diocese!

Kevin has been running the Great South Run ever since he first became involved with CAFOD eleven years ago: following that first run, it has become part of Kevin’s “yearly cycle”.

Kevin, a parishioner at St. Thomas of Canterbury, is modest about his achievements: “I am fortunate despite my 62 years to be blessed with good health and fitness and I simply cannot think of a better way of putting my faith into practice than through supporting the outstanding work of CAFOD.”

“The simple fact is that by doing it, it will make a difference to someone’s life.  When I’m struggling on a run, I often think ‘aren’t I lucky to be out here doing this.’”

The Portsmouth coastline is one which Kevin is fond of and combined with the atmosphere of the Great South Run, race day is always a great one: “You do get a buzz when you’ve got over 20,000 others participating.  It really is a splendid occasion.”

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Kevin has raised an average of £1,000 each year, meaning that if people give equally generously this year, he will have raised around £10,000 for CAFOD since 2006.  As such, he is hoping to engage the whole community to support people living in poverty overseas.

Kevin said: “I hope people will give additional energy and speed to my 10-mile journey through Portsmouth by their support and sponsorship.  I’m very grateful in appreciation and anticipation of people’s kind and generous response!”

Anybody who would like to sponsor Kevin can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-lawler3

This can be done either before or after the race. Thank you.

Good luck Kevin and thanks for all your many years of support for CAFOD!