Meet our new Step into the Gap volunteers!

Step into the Gap volunteers
CAFOD’s Step into the Gap volunteers for 2021-22.

We are excited to introduce and welcome our new team of CAFOD gap year volunteers as they start their new placements. Read on to find out a little bit about the 2021/2022 team as they get ready for their year ahead.

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What precious items have helped you through lockdown?

The global coronavirus pandemic is a defining moment for our generation. Some will remember the race to buy tins of beans and toilets rolls, the panic and fear – others will remember small acts of kindness, a loving community spirit, and the special items they treasured in lockdown.

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Liverpool parish priest’s 24-hour fast ahead of the G7

Parish priest Father Denis Blackledge has hosted a 24-hour fast in his parish St Francis Xavier in Liverpool ahead of the G7 summit, which takes place in Cornwall from 11-13 June.

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Reflections on the Israel and Gaza conflict

CAFOD welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, which we hope has brought a halt to the latest violence. Efforts must now go into addressing the underlying causes of injustice. CAFOD’s Senior writer, Mark Chamberlain, reflects on his trip to Gaza in 2015.

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The Eyes of the world are on us

This year has been challenging for everyone. Again and again we have seen children and young people rise to the challenge. They have continued to look out for our global neighbours by joining our national assemblies, taking part in Walk for Water and writing messages to human rights defenders.

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A year for action and transformation

CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, considers how Pope Francis’ latest encyclical Fratelli Tutti can inspire us all to be a force for change this year and help to build a fairer world.

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Volunteering in my gap year is an experience I treasure

Back in January 2020, Rebecca Maxwell travelled to Cambodia with the Step into the Gap programme. A year on, she looks back on why volunteering with CAFOD during her gap year was so inspiring.

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Memories are all that remain in Beirut

Everything that Nohad Al-Mir owned – including the house that she was born in – was destroyed in the massive explosions that shook Beirut last August. Six months on, she is slowly trying to piece her life back together.

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