To all our Volunteers: Thank you

Birmingham TFCDuring National Volunteers’ Week, we are celebrating all our volunteers, thanking you for your time and passion and sharing stories of volunteers from all walks of life. The blogs will be updated everyday with stories from around the Diocese and news of what has been happening.

Key Volunteer Meeting 18-02

Volunteers during our green hearts campaign

CAFOD is a charity which was born in 1960 when a small group of women volunteers who were members of the National Board of Catholic Women organised the first Family Fast Day on Friday, March 11, 1960.  Together, they raised £6,673 for the Dominica mother-and-baby unit. The next year, they held the appeal again and raised £32,000. The next year, CAFOD was officially registered as a charity and in 2012, CAFOD celebrated its 50th Birthday.

Learn more about the history of CAFOD

Over the years, CAFOD has continued to grow to help thousands of people across the globe. Yet, this would have not been possible without our wonderful volunteers.

The Step into the Gap team in Peru

Step into the Gap volunteers

As of March 2016, CAFOD has 5,815 volunteers in England and Wales and these range from parish volunteer and key volunteer roles, to campaign multipliers, and MP correspondents and they have donated over 120,000 hours of their time.

Find out more about the different volunteering roles

In our diocese, we have 205 volunteers who have generously given thousands of hours to help some of the poorest and most isolated communities in the world and we would like to say thank you.

Over the next week, we will telling some of the volunteer stories from our area, but if you would like to get in touch and let us know what you have been doing, you can contact the office at


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