Get involved

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Volunteering your time and skills is good for everyone. By getting involved you can help individuals and communities – including you – to flourish and enjoy life in its fullness.

Many churches and organisations across the country rely on voluntary help to make their work possible. Making tea, being a good listener, giving debt advice, gardening, helping with fundraising, driving people to hospital, acting as trustees –  wherever you live, there will be things that you can do to get involved.

PRAY FOR CARITAS DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH

As a praying member of the community of the Diocese of Portsmouth we count on your intercession.

CCC2745: Prayer and Christian life are inseparable for they concern the same love and the same renunciation, proceeding from love; the same filial and loving conformity with the Father’s plan of love; the same transforming union in the Holy Spirit who conforms us more and more to Christ Jesus; the same love for all men, the love with which Jesus has loved us.

“Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he (will) give it to you.”

Volunteering for others in the Diocese

Would you like to volunteer for one of the Charities and Outreach Teams
working within our diocese?

See down for the list of volunteering opportunities.

Charities and Outreach Team

Medaille Trust

Summary of Charity

This Catholic charity was founded by Religious in 2006 to fight human trafficking.  It has been a significant provider of support and safe house provision for victims since then. It currently operates eight houses across the UK for women, men and dependant children. The services offer a range of support from low to high level needs and move on accommodation. Additionally the Trust has a programme of education and awareness training that reaches out to schools, communities and interested parties.  This is supported by a network of representatives linked to Catholic Dioceses. On trafficking related subjects where the Trust feels it has experience or knowledge that should be heard, it campaigns and lobbies. The Medaille Trust partners with NGOs in Albania, Kenya and Vietnam on joint anti-trafficking projects. In addition the Medaille Trust acts as Co-ordinator for the Police and Crime Commissioner of Hampshire’s Modern Slavery Partnership.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The Medaille Trust currently has volunteering opportunities in the Portsmouth Diocese as follows:

•    At one of our safe houses – working alongside our staff to support male and female victims who are recovering from their trafficking experience.  We are particularly interested in individuals who can offer to run activity sessions such as art, cookery, handicrafts and so forth.
•    Assisting our Diocesan Representative – giving talks, arranging fundraising activities or selling craft items from Kenya.

Additional Information

•    Volunteers must be over 18
•    Volunteers must be able to commit to regular sessions at specified times by mutual arrangement
•    Expenses and training are offered
•    All volunteers are subject to DBS checks and the take up of references

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Contact Details

Please write to:
The Medaille Trust
c/o Caritas Diocese of Salford
Cathedral Centre
3 Ford Street
Salford
M3 6DP

Please email:

enquiries@medaille-trust.org.uk

Please Telephone

0161 8172260

Website

www.medaille-trust.org.uk

St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)

Summary of What the SVP does

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. Its main purpose is to offer the hand of friendship through befriending visits.  It aims to relieve poverty in all its forms without differentiation on the grounds of race, creed, colour, ideology or gender. The SVP campaigns for social justice through partnerships and specialist networks so that individuals and families may be helped to develop more sustainable and tolerable lives. Through community shops, furniture stores, debt advice centres, back-to-work training and counselling, English language classes, holiday homes and camps, the work of members is extended locally, providing employment and volunteering opportunities. In addition, the Province of England and Wales is linked to SVP groups in India, Sudan, South Sudan, Granada, Guyana and Romania, through a Twinnage system whereby conferences (local branches) are twinned with conferences in a worldwide community of love and solidarity.

SVP Volunteer Opportunities in the Portsmouth Diocese

As a member of a local conference which meets regularly, a volunteer will have the opportunity

a) for further spiritual development, to receive visitors training, be a member of a team and be supported by other members;
b) to follow the example of Our Lord by being caring and compassionate;
c) to be respectful and non-judgemental, to spare some time each week helping people in need;
d) to be a member of an identifiable group within a parish which seeks to ‘find those who are forgotten’, to turn concern into action by befriending people and families in their own homes, in care homes, in hospitals and prisons and to give help to refugees;
e) to link with other organisations with similar purposes, to support SVP conferences overseas;
f) to be part of a worldwide Society with over 80,000 members.

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Additional Information

a) All members are required by the Society to undergo a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) to safeguard themselves and beneficiaries;
b) The National Society through its Central and District Council, makes up a network of support in England and Wales. No-one is expected to do more than he or she can manage and support is available at all levels.

Contact details:

Mrs Audrey Atter (SVP Portsmouth Central Council President.
mail@audreyatter.plus.com

CAFOD

Summary of charity

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We believe that everyone in the world has the right to live their lives with dignity. That’s why we work through the local Catholic Church and other partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to fight poverty and injustice, wherever the need is greatest.  CAFOD is part of Caritas International – a group of over 160 Catholic aid agencies from around the world – known as ‘the helping hand of the church’. Because we work through the local Church, we can reach people and places that others can’t.  Together, with the help of our volunteers in parishes and schools, we put our faith into action to help our sisters and brothers living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture.

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteer in your parish and help us let parishioners know the terrific difference they are making throughout the world.

Campaign with us and speak out in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities.

Lend your voice to CAFOD and help us spread the word!

Help us reach young people and inspire them to take action for global justice.

Get to know your MP and help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest people are heard in the corridors of power.

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Additional Information

CAFOD has a network of diocesan volunteer centres working within the Catholic community in England & Wales to raise funds and awareness of global poverty and injustice through parishes, schools, and networks – working with thousands of volunteers and supporters. The CAFOD volunteer centre in the Portsmouth diocese is based at St Mary’s church in Aldershot. Please contact Lynda at the local centre in the first instance if you are interested in volunteering for CAFOD using the details below.

Contact details:

Lynda Mussell, Community Participation Coordinator (CAFOD)
portsmouth@cafod.org.uk
01252 329385

Link to website

https://cafodportsmouth.wordpress.com/