Become a Parish Volunteer like John and Freda!

Parish Volunteers organise events for CAFOD and promote CAFOD’s work in their own Parish. Are you passionate about helping those most in need? Why not become a Parish Volunteer? Read on to see why John and Freda decided to volunteer and discover how they raise hundreds of pounds for CAFOD each year.  

Why Volunteer? 

There are many reasons why parishioners choose to volunteer for CAFOD, from wanting to take concrete action to making the most of their free time. A long time supporter of CAFOD, John Vine decided to become an active parish volunteer after retiring.

John and Freda

John and Freda in their garden

“I have supported CAFOD financially for as long as I can remember but when I retired I felt I needed to do more to follow St James’s exhortation to do something and not just talk about it.  So I decided to become our parish representative and set up a small parish group to help fundraise and support campaigns,” he says.

Find out more about becoming a parish volunteer

Freda and John’s incredible garden party

Freda went out of her way to raise funds for CAFOD. Every year, she organises a well-attended summer garden party with John’s support at their house in Bexley. This is an opportunity to meet with friends and family and support CAFOD’s work abroad. “We have done this for many years and our regular band of parishioners, friends and family look forward to relaxing in our garden with sandwiches, cakes and endless cups of tea or coffee,” John says.

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Guests at a previous garden party enjoy tea and cake in the sunshine

“It is a joyous occasion made all the more worthwhile by the knowledge that our brothers and sisters around the world will reap some small benefit from our efforts. We finish the day exhausted but feeling uplifted. This feeling is something I would encourage everyone to seek, and volunteering for CAFOD is one of the best ways I can think of.”



Don’t miss the opportunity to attend John and Freda’s Garden Party yourself! This year’s party will be on Saturday 15th June, from 1-3.30pm in Bexley. Please ask CAFODSouthwark for the exact address if you would like to come.

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Support for Volunteers

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Scenes from our recent Volunteer Briefing Day

CAFOD gives lots of volunteer support, including regular volunteer briefing days, an induction course, monthly e-bulletins, materials to help with Fast Days and the CAFOD magazine “Side by Side” containing information about CAFOD’s overseas programmes and UK work .

“The support and training given both by the head office and the Southwark team helped me to do something I didn’t know I was capable of,” John says.

Sign up to become a parish volunteer today

Become a parish volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a CAFOD volunteer, or want to find out more about volunteering opportunities, sign up today All you need to do is to tell us a little bit about what you would like to do and CAFOD’s team will get back to you quickly. We look forward to hearing from you!

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