Our new Campaign coordinator – Ged Nolan

Ged Nolan is one of our amazing volunteers who has been a wonderful example of how to put one’s faith into action. Seeking a new purpose after retirement, Ged was inspired by CAFOD’s commitment to work with people who devote their lives to defending the rights of the poorest and most marginalised around the world.

Ged Nolan – a Volunteer with many hats!

Ged felt that his experienced in working with and providing aid to many people in Africa and Asia would come in handy.

Ged with other School volunteers at a training day

Ged came forward to volunteer for CAFOD as an Educational Volunteer in April 2015 when he saw it advertised in the parish newsletter.  He now visits local catholic schools, where he carries out assemblies and workshops. He has promoted CAFOD’s campaigns, such as ‘Power To Be‘, ‘Speak up for CAFOD‘ and the ‘Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage‘.

For Ged, the inclusion of young people into CAFOD’s work is vital to ensure that CAFOD’s mission and values carry on.

Ged in is office volunteer role

In late 2015, Ged offered to work in the volunteer centre as an office volunteer wanting to give more time to the cause he believed in so much.

Then in 2016, Ged agreed to be the Parish contact at his parish of St Joseph’s (Gerrads Cross).  Through this and his other roles, Ged was starting to get more familiar with CAFOD’s work and enjoyed liaising with other volunteers so stepping into the role of Area coordinator for the SE Bucks Pastoral area was an easy transition.

Ged having coordinator training from the campaigns team

In May 2017 he took on the role and hit the ground running.  He also signed up to be an MP correspondent! In July 2017 Ged allowed his arm to be twisted to take on the role of Campaign Coordinator for the Northampton Diocese as he was already doing that role to a small extent.

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Ged said he accepted this role because:

Ged supporting CAFOD campaign Power to Be


“ I am passionate about having the opportunity to stimulate, grow and help the existing and potential Campaign Volunteers.  Volunteers play a vital role in helping to change the root causes of injustice which keep our brothers and sisters living in poverty.  With their support we can help fight inequality and injustice”.



In his new role, Ged will be working closely with current campaign volunteers as well as those keen to support CAFOD campaigns in other ways. He will also network with parishes and other organisations to help maximise the impact of CAFOD campaigns.

Ged gives a talk about CAFOD’s work

Energising and training current volunteers, as well as enthusing people to join our campaigns will be another major aspect of Ged’s new role.

It is clear that Ged is motivated from the heart to help others. Once you have met Ged, it is impossible not to be moved by his compassion towards those around him, as well as his tremendous generosity in terms of time and effort.  He is always ready to lend a hand and has warmed himself to those whom he works with by his gentleness and good sense of humour.

Thank you Ged for all you do. You are a great example of the true spirit of CAFOD’s volunteers!

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Pat Taylor – an inspirational Volunteer

CAFOD’s work brings hope and empowers communities living in poverty across the world. Volunteers play a big part in this.

Pat Taylor – Parish Volunteer

This month’s volunteer feature is Patricia Taylor from the Parish of John Henry Newman (High Wycombe). Pat has been a Parish volunteer with CAFOD since the early 1990s.  She has always been eager to raise awareness of those living in poverty and injustice and being a teacher for 24 years gave her the opportunity to do this in the schools she worked in. During Lent, she would encourage her pupils to participate in a 24-hour fast to raise money.

Pat explains about Connect2 Brazil project

When she retired, Pat was keen to continue to raise awareness in her parish and took on the role of parish volunteer. Being a good communicator and involved very much in the life of the parish, Pat took on the role with enthusiasm and has done so much over the years to promote CAFOD’s work in the parish.  With the support of the parish priest, Pat got the parish to sign up to Connect 2 Brazil. A lot of the donations come from the coffee mornings held after mass where Pat can be seen talking to people about CAFOD’s work over a cuppa. Over the years, the parish has raised nearly £9k for the project in Sao Paulo.  Fantastic!

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Pat has a wonderful ability of evangelising and encouraging others to be involved even now at the age of 83 years! To see opportunities and go for it!  She has been known to bring along over 8 people with her to supporters’ days and encouraging others to learning more about CAFOD’s work.  She has been the force behind Fast Days in her parish with the help of her parish priest Fr Joseph and others. Really amazing!

When asked about what encompasses the CAFOD ethos in her role of volunteering, she replied, “CAFOD helps anyone in need, regardless of beliefs. I love the way they work by empowering communities.  I want to do what I can to be part of that vision.”

We thank Pat for giving her time, skills and talents in promoting CAFOD over the years. You have been such an inspiration to the community.  We thank God for you!

To find out more about volunteering for CAFOD, please contact us at northampton@cafod.org.uk or 01844 274 723

Volunteers hear about CAFOD’s work

We had a great session on the 27 June at St Aidan’s Little Chalfont. Volunteers braved the heavy downpour and traffic to hear about CAFOD’s work.  The session was given by CAFOD volunteers Santi Trillo and Ged Nolan as well as Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton).

Santi Trillo on the Story of CAFOD

Ged Nolan on Stewardship







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CAFOD’s Vision, Mission and Values were explained and we heard the story of CAFOD which was really interesting as one of the founders (Elspeth Orchard) was from within the Northampton Diocese!

The group did a quiz which revealed horrific statistic such as 896 million people living on less that £1.40 a day, 663 million who have no access to safe drinking water and over 1.2billion with no access to electricity. The latter is what our current campaign – Power to Be – seeks to address with the World Bank.

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We heard about CAFOD’s international work involving long term development, Emergencies and Campaigning & Advocacy as well as CAFOD’s work in England and Wales.  Stewardship of resources was covered and it was good to know that CAFOD spends only 10p in the pound on administration.

Volunteers play a crucial role in CAFOD and it was wonderful to hear that in the past year, over 6,000 people volunteered with CAFOD and together they donate 160,000 working hours equivalent to £960k!

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Monica talks about World Gifts

John discusses Fairtrade 

We explored the promotion of volunteering in our parishes and the importance of having someone to ‘tell the CAFOD story’.  Sheila from St Augustine (High Wycombe) said, “I didn’t know a lot of what I heard today and it was really interesting.  I think it would be really worthwhile for more people to hear about CAFOD’s work”.

If you would like to host this session in your parish, please get in touch :

01844 274 723 , northampton@cafod.org.uk