Tuesday saw Young people from our diocesan Secondary schools and colleges complete their CAFOD Young Volunteers course with a celebration day and awards ceremony at Bristol Zoo Pavilions.The programme is run by Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry in partnership with CAFOD. It provides young people with transferable skills intertwined with Catholic social teaching and projects that raise awareness of poverty and climate change.
The young people began the course in October 2016 and their final day was a mix of self-reflection and celebrating all they have achieved.
After an active and reflective morning, the young people heard from Mary Colwell, environmentalist, writer and producer, who spoke passionately about climate change. Mary affirmed the action the young people had taken throughout the year to raise awareness and combat climate change.
Before presenting the certificates, Lyn Murray, Chief Operations Officer for the diocese, spoke about how the young people are now tasked with taking their skills and putting them to good use in their school, parish and local communities.
Dave Wheat, Coordinator of Youth Ministry told cliftondiocese.com ‘I am so proud of the young people for all they have achieved, it’s great to journey with them through their year to see how they have grown in confidence, formed new friendships and really taken on board that they have a role to play in the world they live in and how their faith can impact on the lives of others around them’. I want to say thanks to all those who have supported the programme this year, in particular, Sarah Wells from CAFOD youth team who has been a constant presence and has helped to lead the large gatherings, and all the Chaplains and staff of St Bede’s, St Bernadette’s, St Joseph’s, St Gregory’s, St Peter’s and St Augustine’s.’
More on Youth Ministry from www.cliftondiocese.com/youthministry