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.”


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

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First Aid training in aid of CAFOD

This is a brilliant opportunity, from which both your parish and CAFOD could benefit.

CAFOD volunteer Peter Bull MBE is a qualified first aid instructor and has offered to run first aid courses in parishes across the diocese.


There are options for a one-day Emergency First Aid or three-day Qualified First Aider course, with all profits from the cost of the courses going to CAFOD. Participants will receive a certificate accredited by Kent First Aid T raining Ltd.

With Summer outings, parish barbecues and fêtes coming up, this is a great opportunity for people in your parish to gain first aid skills at a good price and in a way which will also help those we work with, around the world, prepare for and deal with emergencies.


You can read about the very successful First Aid day that took place over at CAFOD Westminster.  Not only did the twelve participants who took part leave with a signed certificate and potentially life-saving new knowledge and skills, they also raised more than £500 for CAFOD. If your parish has a group of five or more people interested in learning and receiving a certificate in emergency first aid, you could do the same!

To find out how to arrange a session in your parish, contact us by email or by phoning the CAFOD Southwark Office on 020 8466 9901. Peter will provide all the equipment needed so we are just looking for venues to host the training, where it could be advertised to the parish.