Meet a Schools volunteer: Helen Savelli

Helen has kept our presence in the primary schools around Norwich almost single-handedly, while working part time and looking after her family. She is one of those rare people who are close enough to God that the light of Christ shines through. Yet with humour and humility she apologises that she can’t do more for CAFOD.


Helen with her family

She led summer camp workshops for a wide age-range of young people at the cathedral, introducing them to Laudato Si’, and has taken year-6 students on the refugee pilgrimage – responding at short notice when the Lampedusa Cross arrived – an activity she describes as: “very powerful – the whole afternoon served as a great reminder to me why I do all this!”.

Helen eloquently described why she volunteers for CAFOD – something she’s now been doing for eight years!

“For me CAFOD brings back so many memories, its very nostalgic; Lent Fast Days and the Harvest period was always a huge part of growing up, and for my family. I have always been passionate about global justice and wanted to do a small part to assist the alleviation and suffering of poverty. Continue reading

Meet a Campaign Volunteer: Bernard Shaw

Bernard would be totally surprised to hear that he has been profiled in recognition of his work as a Campaign Volunteer.

Bernard Shaw

Looking back over the last 25 years of being a CAFOD volunteer, in both his parish and across the diocese, we see he has been spreading the word, encouraging people, and persuading them to support CAFOD’s campaigns.

When he doesn’t think it is possible, he persuades his parish priest and parishioners to sign petitions and postcards to their MP, and as a parish volunteer he keeps things going when it is most difficult.

He has brought people together across Cambridge for prayer vigils and pilgrimages, turning up to support them even when he cannot walk. His tireless and quietly generous approach enables others to join in and he uses his justice and peace links across the diocese to involve other people too.

His interests range much broader than one organisation, but it is always CAFOD’s activities that are top of any agenda that he puts together, always promoting the next opportunity for people to raise their voices alongside those of our partners and their communities throughout the world.

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done for CAFOD, Bernard; it is greatly appreciated.

Despite working full time I still volunteer

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June) we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their help and hard work throughout the year.



Michael Evans, Suffolk 

Michael Evans, a Suffolk Dad and Ex navy now man working in local government, started volunteering for CAFOD five years ago. Michael told CAFOD staff why despite working full time, volunteering is worth it. 


“CAFOD is nostalgic for me, my Mum had been involved with CAFOD Lent Fast Days etc, throughout my childhood.

“Later I worked in Pakistan for three years, volunteering in a local hospice in Rawalpindi, and although I went on to work in local government I wanted to do something to help those who I had met and lived with poverty first hand.

“I work full time, but I still try to volunteer as much as possible, a couple of times a term I give assemblies and run full day practical workshops about CAFOD’s overseas work.

“If you can volunteer even though you’re working I would definitely recommend it, it is very worthwhile.

“Seeing grumpy faces with folded arms transform into passionate kids getting fired up and really want to be pro-active, it is a wonderful experience and it makes you feel younger again!”


“There is a real community aspect too, we have a training day, where there is loads of support and you get to meet other volunteers around the area, which is fantastic.”

St Alban's sixth form cheque donation (I've got a press release for this)

Michael being presented a cheque for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.


Despite all this fantastic help, we still need even more volunteers, in particular to help in a parish/school, and with various roles at our volunteer centre around The diocese of East Anglia.

If you would like to volunteer with us please apply online or please ring Stephen Matthews on 01223 358552 │ 07779 804252