We are delighted to welcome Rose Bluett as our coordinator for the Luton pastoral area. Rose very generously stepped up to take on this role in Luton and has hit the ground running!
Last Harvest fast day 2016 Rose, a reader at Our Lady Help of Christianity (Luton), was asked by the parish volunteer then to help give the Fast day talk at some of the masses. She found she enjoyed this and felt that it made a difference. She then came forward to support the CAFOD volunteer in the parish but soon found herself having to take over the role when the parish volunteer stepped down. This did not phase Rose and she rose to the challenge. She attended both Supporters days and started preparing for Lent Fast Day 2017.
Noticing her keenness and potential, Deborah (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton diocese) asked if she would consider taking on the role of area coordinator for Luton. Rose very generously agreed and threw herself fully into the role.
She started networking with the other volunteers and parish priests in Luton and was soon well versed in it. She proactively got in touch with them to find out if all parishes had someone to give the Lent 2016 Fast Day talk and when there wasn’t, she herself went to do it.
After fast day, she phoned the volunteers again to find out how they got on and to give them support. For those who were unwell, she went the extra mile to send them cards to show they were thought of. Her dedication is amazing – Rose has been known to take 3 buses (taking 3 hours) to come to the Volunteer centre to get information and discuss ideas. She has also showed up for so many CAFOD events and encouraged others to do so.
When asked why she took on the role of coordinator, Rose said “I believe in CAFOD’s work in working for Justice and Peace without discrimination. I enjoy getting to know people and working with the church community. Even though I am still learning about CAFOD’s work, I feel I can make a difference and am keen use the skills I have to do so”.
You are a great inspiration Rose! Thanks for all you have done so far and we look forward to what you will do.