CAFOD campaigner and parish volunteer, Stephen Garsed, shares his volunteering story with us……
On arriving in Preston 25 years ago, I joined a parish with an active CAFOD group. I am also part of a CAFOD group at my church, Our Lady & St Edward’s in Preston, promoting the Live Simply Campaign in response to Laudato Si’.
Over the years I have learned that development is much more than ‘giving aid,’ it is about working in partnership with poor communities to meet their needs.
This goes right to the heart of what it is to be a Christian, irrespective of denomination. With my wife, Anne, a Methodist, and other members of the family, I have campaigned on issues such as: trade justice, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, climate change, and tax justice. The joint work of CAFOD and Christian Aid on these issues is something we support both together and individually.
We have lost count of the amount of campaign cards and letters we have written to our MP. The most memorable events have always been the big national rallies, particularly meeting our MP during the “For the Love of” campaign.
Stephen has recently taken on the role of Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for CAFOD in Lancaster diocese. A vital role in ensuring our campaigning impact and engagement is as high as possible at a local level. So you’ll be hearing more from Stephen in the coming months……..