In 2017, St. Cassian's starting working in partnership with CAFOD Step Into the Gap programme.
This year's 'CAFOD Gapper' is Hugh. In January 2020 he had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia in Asia, here he met with CAFOD partners and saw how effective the work CAFOD do, can be.
To follow his journey and experiences please click here! You can also read his blog on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Step-into-the-Gap-19-20 Hi, my name is Hugh. I am 20 years old from Derby. Over the coming year, I will be volunteering for a second year at the De La Salle retreat centre, St. Cassian’s, Kintbury, which is within the Portsmouth Diocese. I have been aware of CAFOD and its work from a young age through my local parish and school. However, in my first year of volunteering in youth ministry my passion for justice and putting my faith into action has grown even stronger. Through a previous gap year volunteer I have worked with and in researching more into CAFOD I became very inspired and I felt compelled to apply for the Step into the Gap programme. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and excited to witness first-hand more of the incredible work that CAFOD does around the world, our common home. My desire is to make a real difference in the world to inspire others and young people who come on retreat to get involved in CAFOD and to know that together, great things are possible. Find out how you can get involved with campaigning I joined the programme as I aspire to help others in the wider world and to have the opportunity as St. Oscar Romero states ‘to be God’s microphone.’ This is united with the passion I have with the varied work that CAFOD does and how I wish to be thoroughly engaged with it. Through this, I hope to live out the CAFOD values through my personal life and through those I meet. I feel that the programme will deepen my faith, my awareness of the world and how people’s lives will be transformed by the prayer and action of CAFOD and their partners. To strive for a world where no one is beyond reach, to pray for our global brothers and sisters, to take action in whatever way I can and to show Christ’s call to love. CAFOD and its work is always a constant inspiration to me and will continue to be throughout my whole life. This is a link for the CAFOD petition uniting against COVID-19:https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1 If you would be interested in applying for a Step Into the Gap role at St. Cassian's or anywhere else then please click here to go directly to Cafod's Step into The Gap page.