New volunteer coordinator for Luton

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!

Rose Bluett – Volunteer coordinator for Luton

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.

Rose at the Lent supporters’ 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.

Rose giving the fast day talk in her parish

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.

To find out more about volunteering for CAFOD, please contact us at or 01844 274 723


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.


New CAFOD group at Kettering

After the Lent Fast Day talk given in the parish, several people came forward to volunteer to support CAFOD’s work in the parish of St Edward’s Kettering and Holy Trinity Desborough.

Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton) went to meet them and was so inspired, “despite having busy lives, all those present were so committed and eager to promote CAFOD more in the parish”. Not all who signed up could make it.  However, they were very much involved in its planning.

New CAFOD group – Joanie Eddy Brenda Candice

It is just fabulous that there is now a group at St Eds! The group comprises 6 people: Joanie (new parish contact), Eddy, Brenda, Candice, Anne and Jean.  They heard about CAFOD’s work and were keen to be involved.  It was just great to hear them eagerly discuss their next steps and how they could promote the latest campaign Power to Be and encourage people to get in touch with their MP in the run up to the general election.  They were also keen to give regular updates on CAFOD’s work throughout the year.

>> Find out about questions you can pose to your MP

Their first big event is to host the retreat day as we reflect on Pope Francis’ Vision for a renewed church on 1 July.  All welcome!

Joanie commented, “we would like to do more to raise awareness of the causes of poverty and with the support of Canon John, we hope to come up with innovative ways to promote CAFOD’s work in the parish.”  Joanie also decided there and then to be an MP correspondent and the group is hoping to encourage others to sign up too!

Thank you all so much for giving your time, talents and skills to support CAFOD’s work in the parish.  It is so encouraging and inspiring to experience such enthusiasm and openness.  We look forward to hearing what you get up to.

>> Get in touch if you would like to support CAFOD in your parish