"For if we have received the love that restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?"
Pope Francis, EG 8
Volunteering gives us a way to expand our horizons and serve others. At the chaplaincy, we organise a number of local volunteering activities but also have links with organisations that offer opportunities outside of term.
LOCAL VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES
Unversity offers a privileged time to explore ways of serving others. There are regular local volunteering activities based at the chaplaincy. Why not explore the options listed below and pop along to join in if you would like to.
Seel Street Soup Kitchen
The Chaplaincy has had a long association with the Missionary of Charity Sisters at Seel Street. The sisters have regular soup Kitchens at 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and Sundays (following 3pm mass). The sisters especially expect students on Fridays and a group normally walk down from St Philips at 3:30pm. We are also regularly involved with Night Fever at the sisters.
At the chaplaincy, we try to support the work and campaigns of CAFOD and have been involved in some recent campaigns organised by the committees CAFOD rep!! Look at the CAFOD website for more information www.cafod.org.uk
Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world’s poorest countries. The promise of a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a better future.
They are already feeding more than 2.4 million children every school day – and together, we can reach the next hungry child waiting for Mary’s Meals. www.marysmeals.org.uk
The Whitechapel Centre
The Whitechapel Centre is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region. They work with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. They are committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living. www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk
OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE OF TERM
Why not do something special with your University holidays? Perhaps you are considering taking a year out after you graduate. Many Catholic organisations offer such opportunities. Take a look at the links below to explore some of the options.
Gap Year and Vacation Opportunities
Every year a group of Catholic young adults age 18-25 volunteer to serve as missionaries at SPEC in order to enter into a year of formation: intellectual, spiritual, communal, and pastoral. These young adults form our missionary family, committed to living an authentically Catholic Christian communal life-based at SPEC’s home in North London
The Archdiocese's youth ministry, Animate, is advertising a gap year for young people (18+) interesting in developing leadership skills and getting more involved in the life and ministry of the Church.