CAFOD East Anglia is currently looking for a Community Participation Coordinator East Anglia.
You would be responsible for recruiting and supporting a team of committed, inspired and motivated volunteers working in parish and school communities. You would contribute to the development and delivery of a regional parishioner, children and young people participation plans; be responsible for the delivery of the regional plan with a primary focus on one diocese; share accountability for regional fundraising, education, campaigns targets in line with the overall participation plans. The candidate is expected to be mobile and flexible to meet volunteers as required.
If you are motivated, possess strong interpersonal skills, enjoy working with others and want to join us, apply before 9 July.
Two dedicated CAFOD volunteers shared their thoughts on charity work they have been engaged in for the past years.
Bernard began volunteering for CAFOD 36 years ago. He says:
“I came back to Cambridge after two stints in the states with an agrochemical company and was looking to reintegrate into the community. I had returned from the US in a privileged position financially and wanted to give back. I only joined St. Philip Howard, which was a relatively new parish back then, by accident. I joined SVP and was one of the founding members of our parish’s Justice and Peace group – there are only two of us left now! From that, I got to know a nun who was having problem getting funds to CAFOD, so worked alongside her for a time and through that I came across CAFOD’s education campaign ‘Just Food’.
I would have said that it would be quite unlikely that I would still be volunteering for CAFOD in 30 years time if you’d asked me when I first started! But if my health stands up, I would think I’d still be volunteering in ten years time.”
Mary got involved with CAFOD’s work in the early 1990s, along with her late husband. She recalls:
“In our parish in Downham every mass this wonderful lady, Elsie Travers, would stand with the bucket – the CAFOD bucket we called it! – asking for spare coppers for CAFOD. I got talking to her and she gave me information about CAFOD and so on. She really is one of the reasons I got involved with CAFOD.”
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