Why volunteer with CAFOD?
People volunteer with CAFOD for many different reasons. Many volunteer as an expression of their faith, including getting involved in the life of their parish community, or by writing prayers and reflections. Other volunteers teach children and young people by visiting schools or working with confirmation groups, helping them to learn about the difference they can make in the fight to end global poverty. Volunteers also help tell the story of CAFOD through media and social media as well as invite others to get involved by speaking at Masses or writing to their MPs.
...the CAFOD group I am privileged to be a part of is made up of such wonderful people...the blessings their friendship and support give me is high reward for volunteering.
Jennifer Smith, CAFOD volunteer at St Joseph, Bromley
However you get involved, volunteering with CAFOD will give you the opportunity to:
- Learn new skills which would be great for your CV;
- Meet inspiring new people, including some of CAFOD's overseas partners;
- Make new friends in your community and others across England and Wales;
- Work alongside experts in their field, and;
- Make a tremendous difference in the fight against global poverty and injustice.
Do you have any questions about volunteering? Here are some which people frequently ask:
Does CAFOD just work with Catholics/Christians?
No. Overseas CAFOD works wherever the need is greatest, regardless of religion race or ethnicity. We’ve signed up to the Red Cross/Red Crescent Code of Conduct which commits us to giving aid on the basis of need. In the UK, we also have supporters and staff members from many religious backgrounds.
Do I have to be Catholic to volunteer for CAFOD?
No, CAFOD works with all people regardless of religious belief.
Do I have to have teaching experience to volunteer as a CAFOD schools volunteer?
Not at all! While it is helpful if you have previous experience, CAFOD offers all of its schools volunteers three and a half days of training on volunteering in schools for CAFOD, as well as twice annual refresher days focused on new resources and activities based on CAFOD's Fast Day appeals.
Can I volunteer with you overseas?
Unfortunately, we don’t currently provide opportunities for volunteering outside the UK. We work largely through local partner agencies and local staff, and the staff that we recruit internationally to work with them are professionals with very specific skills. One of the best sources of information on volunteering abroad in relief or development is the 'Guide to volunteering for development' produced by the World Service Enquiry, which is available from their website together with a lot of relevant information and links.
Do you evangelise/proselytise?
No. We’re not into trying to convert people to Christianity. We don’t evangelise because we think it’s unfair to link receiving aid to having a particular religious belief – we believe that everyone has the right to have enough food to eat, to have clean water to drink and to get treatment if they are ill. Having access to these things shouldn’t depend on what you believe, or on whether you’ll listen to someone else’s views or not. We respect the right of everyone we work with to hold their own beliefs.
How much time does volunteering take?
There's a way you can use the time you have to help us make a difference, whether it's a few free minutes in the day, days in the week, weeks in the year, or more! Find a way to volunteer that fits your schedule.
If you have any other questions about volunteering with CAFOD, please get in touch with our volunteer team at firstname.lastname@example.org.