Volunteer Experience: Meet CAFOD Volunteer John Mooney

Meet CAFOD Volunteer, John Mooney, who has been instrumental in campaigning against Poverty and Injustice!

John Mooney attending the Climate for Justice campaign march

John Mooney attending the Climate for Justice campaign march with Tony Sheen, Kathleen Nyland and Rosemary Dalton

John has been an active Campaign Volunteer both in his own Parish of St John Vianney, West Green Road , Tottenham as well as in neighbouring Parishes in the Haringey Deanery over 13 years.

John has done great work making his own Parish the first live simply parish in the Diocese back in 2013, check out our blog! Continue reading

Volunteering Experience: CAFOD Campaigns Volunteer Coordinator Miriam

Get to know Miriam who is the new Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for the Westminster diocese.

“My name is Miriam McEneaney and I would like to introduce myself as your new Campaign Volunteer Coordinator.  I am a parishioner at St. Lawrence’s Parish, Feltham.”

Miriam McEneaney

CAFOD Campaigns Volunteer Coordinator Miriam McEneaney

“I have supported CAFOD Lent and Harvest Fast Days for a number of years.  It was following an Understanding CAFOD day in the Westminster Diocese in January 2013 that I really got involved.”

“My parish hosts regular CAFOD coffee mornings but I could never attend because of work commitments. It was at one of  Understanding CAFOD days that I learnt about being a campaign volunteer. Becoming a campaign volunteer was perfect as it is something you can blend into your life.”

“I also became a MPC (MP Correspondent). You write to your MP about three times a year. It does not take up a huge amount of time but is very productive. I feel passionate about CAFOD’s campaigns and really believe that together with raising awareness, we can connect the poor to the powerful.”

Thank you Miriam for everything you’ve done for CAFOD and we very much looking forward to working with you in the future!

Have you been inspired by Miriam’s interview? Would you like to find out more about becoming a campaigns volunteer for CAFOD? Check out our website to find out more.
How to become a CAFOD Campaigns Volunteer

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.