Dozens of students from four schools in the Diocese of Hallam have embarked on a year of volunteering to help both local and international communities.

  Year 11 pupils from All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield, St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield, the McAuley Catholic High School in Doncaster and Notre Dame High School in Sheffield gathered together to kick-start a year of fundraising with aid agency CAFOD.

  The thirty-seven students are now part of CAFOD’s Young Leaders programme.  They attended a session on 11 October at All Saints High School aimed at developing several leadership skills, such as communication, organisation and problem solving.  The pupils also learned about key areas of CAFOD’s work, including its programmes with partners in developing countries and its efforts to fight poverty and injustice.

  Rose Krzyz ran the meeting alongside Alex Krzyz and Mike Campbell.  Rose said, “The objectives for the day were to obtain a better understanding of CAFOD, to discuss leadership qualities and to explore different ways to raise awareness about CAFOD.  The students also shared their experiences on social media channels such as Instagram and Snapchat.

  “Members of staff from the schools told me that the students were very enthused by the challenges put forward to them.”

  Two more sessions are planned for the Young Leaders on 31 January and 5 May next year.

  In between the training sessions, the pupils will be putting their knowledge and skills into practice by organising fundraising activities, taking part in the charity’s campaigns, delivering assemblies and leading others to learn about CAFOD’s work.

  Last year, over two hundred and fifty young people were trained as part of the young leadership programme and they collectively reached out to almost forty thousand people through their volunteering.

  CAFOD representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said, “Young people play a very important part in CAFOD’s work and I know we have signed on thirty-seven brilliant students.  I am looking forward to seeing what the pupils achieve during their time volunteering for CAFOD.”

  Find out how you can volunteer with CAFOD at cafod.org.uk/volunteer.