Meet the new gap year volunteers

Hi! My name is Siobhan Doyle and I am 22 from Milton Keynes. I am about to start the Step into the Gap programme at Newman University in Birmingham. I have just finished my degree in Spanish and International Development Studies at the University of Chester.


Siobhan Doyle

Find out more about volunteering with CAFOD. 

I first heard of CAFOD through my local parish and through school. The first time I really became involved in CAFOD was in my final year of university whilst I was vice president of Cathsoc. We organised several activities to raise awareness of the refugee crisis, including a pilgrimage to Rome with the Lampedusa cross.



The gap year volunteers when they visited Romero House in London

This inspired me to apply for Step into the Gap so that I could put my faith into action, learn about how CAFOD works and see first-hand the impact it has on people’s lives in developing countries. I am so passionate about global justice and I am really looking forward to raising awareness of the amazing work CAFOD does and promote its values.


There are many opportunities for young people to volunteer with CAFOD. 

I hope that through taking part in Step into the Gap I will be able to play a small part in raising awareness of the challenges people face in the developing world.

Join us in High Wycombe or Oxford to hear about our exciting work in El Salvador

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching,! CAFOD Birmingham will be holding two sessions on Saturday 23 September in High Wycombe or Saturday 30 September in Oxford, so you can find out more about how CAFOD is making a difference in El Salvador.

Tania Dalton – CAFOD’s Latin American team (High Wycombe event) will be sharing stories of those we support in El Salvador and Bishop William Kenney (Oxford event) will be sharing his experience of Sudan and South Sudan.  Both have worked alongside our partners there and have wonderful and inspirational stories to share!

Bishop William Kenney

Tania Dalton

The sessions are as follows:

Sat 23 Sept :  Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY

Sat 30 Sept: Our Lady Help of Christians, 59 Hollow Way, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2ND

Time for both sessions :  10:15am – 2:30pm (shared lunch from 1:30pm.)

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or would like more information by emailing or  calling our CAFOD  Volunteer Centre on 01844 274 723.  If you can’t make it to any of these sessions, you can still join an online briefing on 20 September , 07:00pm ‐ 08:00pm or watch the recording afterwards. You simply need to register here in advance and follow the instructions in your confirmation email.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “Plant the seeds that one day will grow.”


Whether you’d like to speak at Mass, hold a Fast Day event or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

There are many online resources available to you too, including briefing notes, which you can find here.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you at one of our events!

Prayer Vigil for Peace, Burntwood- All welcome

Monday 11th September 2017 

3pm – 9pm

At the front (weather permitting) of St Joseph’s R.C Church Burntwood, Ws7 0BB

An opportunity to think about creating a world in which we can leave peacefully with one another.

People are welcome to pop in briefly or spend some time with us, whatever suits them. They can light a candle for a cause close to their heart and sit and contemplate in our beautiful Church.

Later on we will be lighting candles out side the Church at the front to show that Jesus is the light of the world. Vigil“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Albert Einstein

For more details contact:

Helen Richards   07982149136

Jackie Frost