On 18 April, the Northampton Diocese held its Education Volunteer Training Day and refresher. Everybody learned valuable skills which they can use when volunteering and they had a lot of fun as well!
The day began with coffee, meeting other volunteers and a reflection to prepare for the day ahead.
The Icebreaker activity was linked to the Refugee Crisis and the volunteers learned more about the Refugee Pilgrimage and how it links to the Year of Mercy.
The morning was comprised of sharing stories of the recent Lent appeal and looking at the new part of the One Climate, One World Campaign, Power to the People
After lunch, the volunteers talked about our upcoming campaigns and the resources that have been created to help share the news of our latest campaigns.
Margaret Wellington who took part in the day said:
“My favourite part of the training day was meeting up with my colleagues on the education team. Northampton Diocese is geographically widespread, so it is good that the venue was accessible for us all.
” As is usual on these days, we role-played some of the activities to encourage us to become familiar with them. This time we had fun through playing the new version of Climate Game but this has given me more confidence to deliver it during my school visits.
“David Brinn, CAFOD’s Schools Volunteer Programme Coordinator, is responsible for producing the new resources and he tries to attend as many training days through the country as he can.
“He was there and so we had first hand expertise in the delivery of the Summer term resources. I was able to take inspiration from the day and will certainly use this in the schools I’ll be visiting.”
Thank you to all who came along and if you would like to know more about volunteering, you can find out more about the different volunteer roles