February 4, 2020
Rebecca Maxwell, a Step into the Gap volunteer based at Castlerigg in the Lake District, has recently travelled to Cambodia to meet some of the communities that CAFOD works alongside. Here she explains what has happened so far on her trip.
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December 4, 2019
Local community volunteers play a vital role reaching out to those in need, playing a constructive role in their communities. Janet Crossly, from the Humanitarian Development team tells us about the passion of these volunteers for helping others in their communities.
When Cyclone Idai swept across southern Africa in March this year, it left a trail of destruction in its wake. Armed conflict in north-eastern Nigeria has caused thousands of families to flee their homes. And the Ebola crisis in West Africa devastated communities affected by the disease. What do these three very different emergencies, have in common?
Continue reading “Cross-continental learning on the value of volunteers”
September 12, 2019
Lizzie is one of CAFOD’s Step into the Gap alumni. She had a great experience speaking at Mass for Harvest Fast Day, and she hopes you will do the same this year.
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August 13, 2019
Step into the Gap volunteer Kezia Harrow reflects on her year with CAFOD, what she learnt and the three words that sum up her experience on our gap year programme.
Continue reading “Step into the Gap: A year of faith, fun and friendship”
August 8, 2019
Madeline Woods is a Step into the Gap volunteer who has recently finished her year on the programme. She looks back on the past year, the opportunities it presented and what being a ‘gapper’ means to her.
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June 5, 2019
Nicole Gillespie is a Step into the Gap volunteer who has recently returned from a visit to Uganda. To mark Volunteers’ Week, she reflects on what CAFOD’s No One Beyond Reach commitment means to her.
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May 30, 2019
Father Hugh Pollock and Stephen Garsed are CAFOD campaigners and joined us for the climate change summit in Poland. They tell us about a few bits they saw and the fired-up attitude they have brought home.
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May 21, 2019
Allie Phillip leads Caritas St Lucia’s ‘Youth Emergency Action Committees’ (YEACs), which help vulnerable communities be their own first responders when disasters strike.
St Lucia is in the ‘hurricane belt’ of the Caribbean. The YEACs are run by young people who train other community members to be prepared for, mitigate, and manage responses to extreme weather.
Allie also coordinates the Church’s regional emergency response and the network of YEACs in the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma in 2017 was a particularly bad hurricane, killing people and destroying communities in 14 countries.
Here, Allie offers Sam from our campaigns team her reflections on her current work, climate change and young people.
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May 16, 2019
We asked Step into the Gap volunteer Kezia Harow to share her experience on campaigning for net zero with young people and how others can get involved.
Continue reading “Be a Zero Hero and be part of the solution”
April 16, 2019
Sharon Weerasuriya is spending her year on CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme. Earlier this year, she felt privileged when she was able to visit the Holy Land, where she met with CAFOD’s partners. Here, she shares her reflections from meeting young people when she visited, Sadaka Reut, a youth partnership organisation and one of CAFOD’s partners based in Jaffa, Israel.
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