Bananas, handball and dirty water: exploring CAFOD’s youth resources in Oxford

On Saturday 25th February, parish youth leaders from across Oxfordshire came together at Blessed Dominic Barberi, Littlemore, for a training day to explore CAFOD’s Great Generation resources for young people.

We started the day with some Global Justice Icebreakers, then the youth leaders took on the roles of people around the world to negotiate for a fair share of the cost of a banana in Banana Split, and to bid for the items their characters needed in World Values Auction.

After a shared lunch, Global Justice Prayer Stations set up around the church offered an opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection.

All To Play For, a handball game set in the Kenyan slum of Korogocho (one of CAFOD’s new Olympic Activities) provided an energetic start to the afternoon. We finished with an update on Thirst For Change, CAFOD’s latest campaign, with a look at the ingredients that might go into the drinks of the 783 million people around the world who rely on dirty water to survive. We had a go at making Model Water Filters and found out how young people can take action by creating Rivers of Change.

The day was organised by Amy Fox, CAFOD Diocesan Officer (Youth) in partnership with Birmingham Catholic Youth Service (BCYS). Thank you to Trisha Dufficy and Peter Lucas for your support, and to everyone who attended for getting stuck in and making the day so much fun!

If you are a youth leader in the Birmingham Diocese and you would like to inspire your young people to put their faith into action by engaging in global justice, we can provide advice, resources, training or even tailor-made sessions. Please get in touch with Amy on 01922 722944 or e-mail

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