Hello and Goodbye to CAFOD School Volunteers

The CAFOD Westminster Volunteer Centre are very proud of their brilliant dedicated team of School volunteers who carry out assemblies and workshops across primary and secondary schools, sharing CAFOD’s work and inspiring young people to get involved.

Last academic year our team visited over 100 schools with many schools taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Share the Journey’ Refugee Walk to show they cared about the millions of people forced to flee their homes.

Next term we are delighted to welcome two new members, Edwina Collins who will help to cover East London and Jeff Pratley who will cover the Watford area.

CAFOD Volunteers David Brinsden and Lesley Waite

David Brinsden and Lesley Waite supporting CAFOD

After 11 years of volunteering one of our long-standing volunteers Lesley Waite, assisted by her husband David, are retiring and we can’t thank Lesley and David enough for their commitment in travelling across the Westminster and Brentwood Dioceses to deliver CAFOD’s work to primary schools. Continue reading

St Augustine’s Priory community shares the journey with CAFOD


Students taking part in the Share The Journey walk

During June Augustinians of all ages – from Nursery to Priory 6 to staff and parents walked around the school grounds and took part in the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.  Each class gathered in the Chapel and then set out to walk twice around the perimeter of the school grounds – equaling one mile.  The Sixth Formers, accompanied by Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Raffray, and other staff walked to Ealing Broadway Station with the ‘share the Journey’ banner.

The grand total of miles came an incredible 571.5 miles which was added to CAFOD’s totaliser! Mrs McDermott, Head of Religious Studies, commented, ‘This was an amazing event and a wonderful opportunity to walk in solidarity.  A time we will always treasure’.


Students carrying the Lampedusa Cross on their Share The Journey walk

Whilst walking every student carried the Lampedusa cross The Lampedusa crosses were made by Francesco Tuccio, a carpenter from the Italian island of Lampedusa. CAFOD says ‘When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, he was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he offered to survivors as a small but powerful symbol of hope’.


During their walks each class stopped at certain points where stories on individual refugees were displayed in the school grounds and the girls used the walk to meditate on the journeys made by refugees from around the world.

CAFOD’s initial goal by June of 24,900 miles – the distance around the world has now been reached and we have started on our second journey around the world.

For more information on Share the Journey visit our website.

165 Mile walk completed in Solidarity with Refugees and Migrants

Congratulations and thank you to CAFOD volunteer Ann Milner who has just completed her incredible 165 mile Share the Journey walk around the London Loop.

CAFOD Volunteer Ann with fellow volunteers taking part in Share the Journey London LOOP walk

CAFOD Volunteer Ann with fellow volunteers taking part in Share the Journey London LOOP walk

Ann walked over 17 days in rain and sunshine around the whole of the London loop. She was joined by fellow walkers from Parishes in the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark, Brentwood and Arundel and Brighton along the way. Together they walked a collective 605 miles!!!

Ann was welcomed by various Church of England Parishes, as well as Catholic communities along the route, where we joined together in prayer for Refugees and Migrants.

A huge thank you to Ann and all who joined her along the way

Further details about the Campaign can be found here.