Celebrating our Volunteers

CAFOD volunteer, Paul Wyre, shares with us about his volunteering with CAFOD in Lancaster Diocese as both Area Coordinator (Lancaster Deanery) and  Office Volunteer.

Paul with his wife, Lynne, and Fr Peter Sayer at St Bernadette's Catholic Church in Lancaster

Paul with his wife, Lynne, and Fr Peter Sayer at St Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Lancaster

I was attracted to volunteer with CAFOD because I would be able to make a difference. I’ve been involved with local and national campaigns which have highlighted global issues which affect local communities.

My favourite volunteering moment over the last year is when I helped organise the CAFOD Lancaster Memorial Mass in my own parish of St Bernadette’s. A lady travelled to the Mass from a fair distance away to join us in praying and remembering a recently deceased family member, a CAFOD supporter. Just seeing and hearing how special it was to her that time had been taken to remember and thank deceased CAFOD supporters, was so special.

Paul at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre

Paul at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre in Preston

I would recommend volunteering not just as a means to help the less fortunate but also as a means of meeting like-minded people who we would never have got to meet and know otherwise. I have made friends at a stage in life I did not think I would.

My time volunteering with CAFOD is an experience which will always be a very close part of my life.


Looking for new volunteer opportunities? See how you can volunteer with us





Connect with CAFOD’s work online this Harvest Fast Day


Nicanora and her family in Bolivia

Over the last few weeks, parishioners from the Diocese of Lancaster have gathered together to hear about Harvest Fast Day. Parishioners across the diocese had the opportunity to attend three different Harvest Fast Day events. In Carlisle the CAFOD group were delighted to receive Andres Gomez de la Torre, from CAFOD’s International Development Group, as he shared his experiences.

Volunteers in the Diocese of Lancaster live thousands of miles from Bolivia. This Harvest Fast Day you have the chance to hear about our Harvest appeal, all from your own home!


Nikki Evans in Bolivia 

On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia and the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about our projects and the communities we work with.

Joining an online talk is easy. Simply choose from the lunchtime and evening talks and register using your email address.

If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.

Harvest Fast Day Meeting in Preston


We warmly invite you and your parish community to join us and hear about our work and how you can get involved this Harvest Fast Day.

We’ll be sharing an update on CAFOD’s work in Bolivia – the country focus of this year’s Harvest appeal and the poorest country in South America – and showing how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us.

All are welcome to our Harvest Briefings this month throughout the diocese:

Thursday 15 September: CAFOD Furness Harvest Fast Day briefing
7pm – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6.45pm)
Our Lady of Furness Parish Centre (next to St Mary’s Catholic Church),
Howard Street,
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1NF

Tuesday 20 September: CAFOD Carlisle Harvest Fast Day briefing (with Andres Gomez de la Torre, CAFOD’s Head of International Programmes, )
7pm – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6.45pm)
New Waterton Hall,
Warwick Square, Carlisle CA1 1LB

Monday 26 September: CAFOD Preston Harvest Fast Day briefing
7pm – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6.45pm)
St Wilfrid’s Parish Centre
Chapel Street, Preston PR1 8BU

If you know of anyone who is interested in volunteering for CAFOD in your parish, please do invite them along.

We do value your ongoing support. It makes a tangible difference to the lives of countless people overseas.

Thank you