Gaudete et exsultate – Rejoice and be glad!

Rejoice and be glad

The new mothers group in Kariyangwe, Zimbabwe

It’s Volunteer’s Week and we at CAFOD Middlesbrough would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to each and every one of our amazing volunteers.

They are some of the most generous people you could ever wish to meet. They are dedicated and tireless, innovative and energetic, kind and compassionate, humble and loving.

They are the life-blood of our organisation, helping us to promote and support our work in our parish and school communities which in turns helps us to complete life-changing programmes of work to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on earth. They come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds but they all have a passionate concern for people in any kind of need.

So, whether you volunteer with CAFOD in our volunteer centre, or speak at Mass or promote our Lent and Harvest fast days in your parish or by visiting our diocesan schools, or by campaigning we’d like to say a big THANK YOU – you are the salt of the earth and light of the world and living examples of faith in action.

If you will like to volunteer for CAFOD, you are more than welcome to join us, please contact us via Email:, or Tel: 01642 822301

In this way, led by God’s grace, we shape by many small gestures the holiness God has willed for us, not as men and women sufficient unto ourselves but rather “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”. (Pope Francis, Gaudete et exsultate)

Share The Journey

Share the journey

Humber Bridge

There are so many people who have been displaced, forced into exile, terrorised into becoming refugees and asylum seekers. One of the terrible facts according to Bishop Drainey’s article published in April’s  Voice (Middlesbrough diocesan newspaper), is that “20 people become displaced persons every minute and that half of the world’s refugees are children”.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, right from the beginning of his ministry has urged us not to ignore the plight of our brothers and sisters who find themselves in such situations. We need to Share The Journey with them.

As a response to the walk inspired by Pope Francis and to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, CAFOD is organising a walk, see details below. Parish communities and schools can join in this walk. World leaders will be shown how strongly we, the people of this country feel about the plight of those afflicted. People can organise their own walk and let us know if you do and share any photographs, so we can display them on our social media platforms.

Humber Bridge Cross, On Saturday 12th May From 2:00 – 5:00pm

There will be solidarity walk across Humber Bridge in Hull, to reflect on the journey’s made by so many refugees, migrants and displaced people around the world. the miles will be added to CAFOD’s target of 24,900 – the distance around the world.
For more details contact Sheila Swift on 01482 348272 or Norah Hanson 01482 802814.

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Introducing myself

My name is Obinna Emmanuel Nwanyanwu




I am originally from Nigeria but have been in the UK since 1st October 2011.

I studied BSc information communication technology at Teesside University and graduated in May 2016.

I am a support worker working for national care company, I have been with the company since December 2014, and my duties include supporting individuals with severe and mild learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge. I assist them to attend to their day to day activities, doctors and other relevant appointments, make sure their money are being collected from the estate on weekly basis, support with budgeting, shopping and again ensure they maintain close relationships with family and lovely ones.

I joined CAFOD as a volunteer in 2017 and began with distributing campaign fliers in the churches in Middlesbrough around Sacred Heart and St. Joseph parishes, to businesses and people homes in Middlesbrough and in London when I was on visits there. But earlier this year I began to work with the media team and my role now includes: writing press releases, blogging, posting news on social media like Twitter and Facebook and then tracking the analysis.

It’s a great opportunity and influence joining CAFOD, as it exposes people to see the world in a different dimension, to see people’s daily struggle and finding ways to reach out to them with the help and support that people need in different parts of the world.   Volunteering for CAFOD also provides the avenue to work with lovely and great people across the country and beyond, practicing my IT skills, learning new skills and gaining lots of new experiences.