Peter is our first area coordinator. He comes each month to the new Volunteer Centre, 70 miles away, to spend time with the Community Participation Coordinator. His monthly visits keep him in touch with what CAFOD is doing. It also means that he can share this with parish volunteers in Kings Lynn deanery.
He has often spoken for CAFOD’s Lent appeals at the end of Mass in St Peter and All Souls, Peterborough. Now he is looking to do this in his deanery in parishes without a local volunteer. He has spoken to the local priest, asking if he might thank parishioners, in person, for their donations to CAFOD. He’ll also be encouraging new volunteers.
Peter reaches out to the three churches in his own parish, as well as his own. He has toured all four churches, speaking about the work that CAFOD is doing in Sebeya through its Connect2:Ethiopia partnership. With Jane, his wife, he hosts an evening meal each year for parishoners to eat, learn more about the scheme, and donate. Peter also enjoys the big campaign moments when CAFOD supporters gather together.
He calls parish volunteers in the deanery to find our how the latest appeal went. He has spoken with campaign volunteers, checking they have all they need to encourage others to sign up to the latest campaign action. Peter is keen to speak to people and hear about what they are doing.
We now have area coordinators in most of the diocese. We are looking for area coordinators for Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.