Education Volunteers get ready for the Summer term

Education Volunteers – Northampton Diocese

Our wonderful Education volunteers met for refresher training for the summer term.  The day started with an ice breaker of matching us statement with statistics and this was followed by an introduction to CAFOD’s latest campaign “Power to Be”.

Ice Breaker

>> Find out about volunteering in schools

Margaret’s Fish bag

Margaret, our volunteer school’s coordinator gave an update from the Lent term and showed off her fish bag which linked in with the theme for Lent. Great bag Margaret!

The group was shown the brilliant toolkit Speak Up for CAFOD which is aimed at helping children’s public speaking skills.  To try it out, the group was divided into pairs and were given tasks of listening and responding.  This caused great laughter but highlighted the fact that very little communication is down to words alone.  In fact, only 7% while 55% is non verbal (ie gestures, facial expressions) and 38% is voice quality!

Non-verbal communication

Using gestures to communicate


We also heard about CAFOD’s amazing scheme Step into the Gap which is a year programme with the opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit an international CAFOD partner.  Most of us felt that if we were between 18 – 30 years we would want to go on it.

The day ended by inviting all to write as part of the Power to Be campaign and we ended with a prayer.

>> Petition the World Bank

Messages and reflections at the end of the day

Thank you to our great Education volunteers who do so much to bring CAFOD’s vision and values into our schools.

If you are interested in becoming an Education volunteer or would like a volunteer to do an assembly or workshop in your school, please get in touch.


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