Cafod Young Leaders Programme
Make a difference!
Student leaders in our Social Justice and Action Groups (SJAG) learn about and actively respond to local and global social justice issues. They get involved in programmes of development and training and lead college action campaigning, raising awareness and fundraising.
Our partnership with Clifton Diocesan Youth Ministry and Cafod’s Young Leaders Programme for post 16 students continues to grow strong with 25 students involved in learning about the work of Cafod, developing team awareness and project management skills and committing to working on three projects in college and outside in our local school and parish communities. Cafod’s commitment to our young leaders is a wonderful foundation for opportunities to develop an understanding of international development and issues relating to global poverty and to get active in tackling the causes of these in practical ways. Students work in groups on a variety of local and global social justice projects.
Two of our students who were involved in the original pilot of this programme in our diocese are working on Cafod’s ‘Mind the Gap’ scheme this year. Fiona Sim and Michelle Udoh are taking their gap year working in the North of England in communities which serve local schools and youth projects as Cafod’s representative volunteers. They are trained by Cafod and will visit some of the projects that Cafod are involved with through Caritas partners. We are very proud of the work Michelle and Fiona are doing and look forward to the visit they will make back to us to share their experience as part of the training of our new Cafod Young Leaders cohort.
Some of the ‘local’ Social Action our SJAG students get involved with are supporting a ‘Soup Run’ for homeless people in Bristol, food collections for Carpenter’s Food store and support, Borderlands charity supporting marginalised people in inner city Bristol, and Bristol Refugee Rights. This is a very important part of our work as a ‘College of Sanctuary’