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

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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.

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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.”

 

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

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Have you heard about the CAFOD One Climate, One World Campaign Launch

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CAFOD partners work with communities in Kenya so they can use solar panel energy to power schools, clinics and irrigation systems.

Join Southwark Justice and Peace and CAFOD in Saturday 18 October for an exciting day celebrating the launch of CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign.

One Climate One World – CAFOD campaign launch and Southwark Justice and Peace Autumn Assembly

Saturday 18 October 10:30am-4pm, Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral SE1 7YH

You’ll have a chance to hear directly from CAFOD’s Peruvian partners about how climate change has already started to affect their lives. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about how you can take action in the campaign in some of the following workshops:

Climate change: answering your tricky questions

Ask your tricky climate questions to Rob Elsworth, climate change expert from CAFOD’s policy team. Explore the facts, debunk the myths and build your confidence in speaking to others about climate change and CAFOD’s new campaign.

Gaining the livesimply parish award

Roger Wright from Petts Wood explains how his parish has embarked on a journey to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor, what this meant for them and how your parish could apply for a livesimply parish award.

The Theology of Climate Change

What does campaigning on climate change have to do with loving your neighbour? How does our faith underpin our response to climate change? Reflect on these questions and more and explore some of the riches of Catholic teaching on care for creation and our neighbours. (Speaker to be confirmed).

Involving young people in campaigning

Learn how to motivate the next generation of campaigners to act for a better world. We’ll be sharing ideas, resources and fun activities to get your parish’s youth or confirmation group involved in campaigning for justice.

For more information, contact Eileen Hayes and Sarah Cadwallader at the Southwark CAFOD Office:

0208 466 9901 or southwark@cafod.org.uk

Sign up for the One Climate One World – CAFOD campaign launch and Southwark Justice and Peace Autumn Assembly

 

Campaign events in July

Our climate is changing…and we can play a vital role by taking action.

We have two exciting campaign events coming up in July to tell you about. At both, Antony Mbandi, Director of Caritas Kitui – Kenya, will be speaking about what CAFOD is doing to tackle climate change.

Wednesday 2 July – Young Adults event

If you are aged 18-30, you are invited to a special Young Adults campaign evening. Learn more about climate change, what CAFOD is doing to tackle the issue and how you can get involved! You can also meet other young Catholics and find out how you can help change the world for the better.

Doors open at 6pm, with a short talk from Antony Mbandi to start at 7pm. The event should finish around 9pm.

This event is taking place at: Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7JB.

Please book online here.

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Thursday 10 July – event for all

Attend a reception for drinks and mingling, and hear as Antony Mbandi shares his first-hand account of some of the challenges the people in his diocese face in the light of climate change. You’ll also hear from CAFOD climate change policy analyst, Rob Elsworth; CAFOD’s Head of Government Relations, Dom Goggins; Helen Taylor, from green energy firm Ecotricity; and Sophie Dodgeon, CAFOD’s new Head of Campaigns. Plus, be among the first to know the campaign name and how you can act with us in 2014 and beyond.

An evening open to all, with doors open at 6pm to start at 6.30pm. The event should end around 9pm.

This event is taking place at: Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Corner of St George’s Road and Lambeth Road SE1 6HR.

You can book online for this event here.

Antony Mbandi, Director of Caritas Kenya

Antony Mbandi, Director of Caritas Kenya

For more information on either of these events, please contact the CAFOD Southwark Office on 020 8466 9901 or email us at southwark@cafod.org.uk.