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.

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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.

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One of our Longest standing Volunteers

CAFOD has wonderful volunteers and one such person is 83 year old Agnes Milne from St Mary’s parish Dunstable.  Isabelle (a fellow volunteer) writes about Agnes :

Agnes Milne

With a strong passion for Africa, Agnes Milne embarked on her journey to Uganda before CAFOD actually began. In Uganda, as a Geography teacher with young Christian students, she enjoyed being a part of the Overseas development. Word of a Catholic movement to help improve conditions for those who live in poverty overseas sparked Agnes’ initial interest.

Agnes got involved with CAFOD in its early days and has been a strong force in getting the voice of the voiceless heard. Knowing that campaigning can tackle the root causes of poverty, Agnes has been involved in many campaigns such as the Jubilee 2000 petition, calling for an end to the crippling debt facing many of the world’s poorest countries.  This succeeded in cancelling US$110 billion worth of debt owed by poor countries!  She was also involved with the Make Poverty History campaign in 2005 and many others.

Agnes campaigning at Westminster with her family

The decision to volunteer was “the cheerfulness and the wonderful reception” she received from CAFOD and how “the volunteers were so committed and dedicated in their role.”  What stood out for Agnes as a portrayal of CAFOD’s work was the fact that they “work in partnership and direct the money to where it is needed most which empowers and brings great joy to the community to help them out of poverty.”

Agnes has been a long-standing parishioner of St Mary’s in Dunstable and involved in many aspects of parish life. She is a campaigner and MP Correspondent as well as the parish volunteer for CAFOD.  She sits on the Justice and Peace commission for the diocese.

Agnes is often seen encouraging others to be involved and this has led to youth and Brownies fund-raisers with young people giving the fast day talk in the parish and attending the Supporters’ day.

Thank you Agnes for all you have done and continue to do to support CAFOD’s work. You are a shining example to us all !

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Our Fab office volunteers!

Santi has been in the role of office volunteer since November 2015. He heard about volunteering through parishioners and comments “I had some free time so thought I’d offer my time and skills to CAFOD”.  Since then, he has been a great asset to the team.

Santi helping other volunteers with I.T

Santi helping other volunteers with I.T

He is great with I.T. and has been able to impart some of his knowledge to others.  We have had volunteers in need of some I.T support (eg using PowerPoint) and Santi has risen to the challenge.  He says, “I enjoy teaching others and sharing my skills.  It is great when they leave happy.”

Santi has also been on “speaking up for CAFOD” and “understanding CAFOD” training sessions which he hopes to share with others.  He has given talks at Supporters’ days which he enjoys.

We are blessed to have a great team of office volunteers. Each one has their own abilities which they offer to the role and together they cover a spectrum of skills to support CAFOD’s work in the diocese.  Thank you all so much!

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