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This Volunteers Week, we are celebrating the joys of volunteering!

Volunteers' Week is an annual Week of honouring the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities.

In their own words, hear some of our inspiring Christian Aid stories and their advice for anyone thinking of taking the leap into volunteering. It may inspire you to start your journey!

The [volunteer] scheme challenged the way I viewed my faith.

- Hannah Gooddy , Prophetic Activist .
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Hannah Gooddy - Prophetic Activist

Hannah Gooddy, recent London Marathon running champion, took part in our Prophetic Activist Scheme 2022 - 2023. The Scheme brings together a team of like-minded young people, to recognise their power as changemakers within their community and beyond.  

Hannah was drawn to the scheme because it advocated for promoting an active biblical response to the climate crisis.  As part of the scheme, they explored strategies for engaging churches and communities in conversation by emphasizing a loving and biblical perspective. They learnt about constructing effective campaigns, came up with their own, and presented them at the end of the scheme.

Hannah Gooddy outside the London Office with fellow Prophetic Activists.

I now know that part of being a Christian means living life proactively for Jesus, not just through prayer and going to church but through seeking to serve him in every aspect of my life. The scheme really boosted my confidence too as well as making some great friendships with like-minded Christians.

- Hannah Goody, Prophetic Activist.
Sarah is in the middle with her son James and one other volunteer.

Sarah Beresford - Church Representative

Sarah shared her story as Church Representative of Woolton St Peter. She has been involved in Christian Aid since May 2016 when she collected door-to-door. As her role evolved, so has their approach to Christian Aid Week.

By 2021, she had gathered a fantastic team around her, and began shaping what is now a well-established week of activities that appeals to a wide range of ages.

Sarah said, 'I get such a buzz from seeing people enjoying themselves at our quiz or chatting to someone at our Farmers’ Market stall.

'There is something for everyone among the range of activities we organise, and the level of engagement is beyond anything we ever achieved by going door-to-door'. 

'I think Christian Aid Week is now firmly in people’s minds here in Woolton as a great opportunity to have fun together, learn more about the world around us, and most importantly make a real difference'.

The best part of being a Christian Aid church rep is the friendships I have made with my team and all the connections within church and the wider community

- Sarah Beresford , Church Representative.

Elsie Peel - Church Representative

Bolton fundraiser and church representative Elsie Peel went the extra mile for vulnerable communities around the world during Christian Aid Week 2024.  

Despite currently undergoing chemotherapy, the 85-year-old former teacher, took part in a 70K in May challenge in solidarity with millions of people who have to walk long distances for clean water or to sell their produce. 

Elsie can be seen in this picture handing out flyers about Christian Aid Week and Aline's story on her walks. 

 

Elsie Peel wearing her tabard, about to take on the 70k challenge.

Christian Aid has done so much to empower people, and especially women and I believe it needs all our support to keep up this work.

- Elsie Peel, Church Representative .

Gilbert, Volunteer Speaker for the North East region, came to the UK from Nigeria two years ago.

Before coming to the UK, Gilbert saw first hand the work that Christian Aid did to support displaced people and knew when he came here, that he would want to get involved with spreading awareness of our work. 

He shares with us the impact of the connections he makes with Christian Aid Churches and Groups. He encourages all with a passion for Christian Aid and experience in public speaking, to sign up and join the Christian Aid family.

 

Gilbert Ojabo - Volunteer Speaker

Gilbert, Volunteer Speaker for the North East region, came to the UK from Nigeria two years ago.

Before coming to the UK, Gilbert saw first hand the work that Christian Aid did to support displaced people and knew when he came here, that he would want to get involved with spreading awareness of our work. 

He shares with us the impact of the connections he makes with Christian Aid Churches and Groups. He encourages all with a passion for Christian Aid and experience in public speaking, to sign up and join the Christian Aid family.

 

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