CAFOD Voices from the field

Voices from the field is an exciting evening to get a perspectives on CAFOD’s work in Africa, Latin America, Asia and with Young People.

Nicanora in Bolivia holding her harvested potatoes in a bag

You are warmly invited to attend an evening reception at CAFOD to hear from our International Programme staff about CAFOD’s overseas projects (in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central America) and the passion that drives them individually in their work.

We are very excited about this opportunity to engage with CAFOD’s international staff and hear first-hand about the life-changing work, that you make possible. We will also hear about the exciting 18-30 young adults initiative and the Step into the Gap Programme.

A panel of CAFOD staff will be open to your questions and we would welcome the opportunity to hear about your involvement and interest in CAFOD and how we can work together to create positive and lasting change for our brothers and sisters around the world.

The time and place are as follows: Thursday 13 July 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm Romero House 55 Westminster Bridge, London,  SE1 7JB

Please contact us by phone on 0208 466 9901 to let us know if you would like to join us, by Thursday 6 July 2017.

It all started with, “Why not?”

Meg, a CAFOD Media Volunteer, shares the story of the newest CAFOD coordinator, Andy Wansbury. Here she tells us how Andy began his journey as a volunteer.

“I used to be a forensic photographer,” Andy recalls. He had been in the Forensic


A group photo from Lent Fast Day 2016–when it all started for Andy

Science Service for 12 years until 2011. Since then he had been at home, caring for his daughter. And then CAFOD reached out to him. “Eileen Hayes from CAFOD came to speak at the Lent Fast Day 2016 in my parish and asked for volunteers. I thought it was a call for me as I had always been interested in CAFOD work,” he says. He had always wanted to be a parish speaker, so when they finally asked him to be a part of the family, he just thought, “Why not?”

Why volunteer?

Andy began his CAFOD journey by giving talks in school. “Last September, there was a private school in Lewisham who needed a volunteer. I underwent training in the summer,” Andy explains. The training would occur twice a year, for a full day. “And soon I was giving talks for about 20 minutes in schools and parishes, about what CAFOD does and what we are all about.” There are also various volunteering opportunities for other aspiring volunteers who would like to do something else.

Andy had recently become the new volunteer campaign Co-ordinator for the deaneries of Bexley, Greenwich, Gravesend, Bromley and Lewisham. I thought, “My, what huge responsibility this is!” it all seemed so overwhelming. But he patiently explained that his role is mostly to act as a support person. Whenever there is a campaign, he is there to extend a hand if needed, but not necessarily having to be directly involved. “I am still getting the grips of it, ” he admits.  His latest assignment is trying to help with the committee appeal for East Africa. He is also hoping to recruit motivated volunteers to promote CAFOD campaigns in parishes.


Andy sporting his signature look

Because of his new role, Andy is every where CAFOD takes him. He would show up in his Harley-Davidson, wearing black leather boots, navy trousers, and of course, a CAFOD shirt. He believes in making a first impression, and quite an impression at that. “It makes people remember you. And when they remember you they remember what you say, and the message you’d like to imprint on them.”


Discover the latest campaigns here

Many thanks, Andy, for all your fantastic work so far!

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Understanding CAFOD: 20 May 2017

CAFOD Volunteers during Harvest Fast Day Briefing ready to speak in their local parishes,

CAFOD Volunteers during Harvest Fast Day Briefing

Join us at Romero House on Saturday 20 May to learn more about CAFOD, our vision and values, our work overseas, and our varied volunteering roles in parishes, schools and other settings.

The day will run from 10am to 3:30pm with a shared lunch at 1pm. Book your place via Eventbrite.

For more information please contact the CAFOD Southwark volunteer centre at or call 0208 466 9901