Young people from the Clifton Diocese recently received their CAFOD Young Volunteers awards at a ceremony at Bristol Zoo gardens.
The Young Volunteer programme is run in partnership with Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry and CAFOD and aims to equip young people with skills that they can take forward in their school, parish and future education. It is also a way of forming young people in Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice, helping them become active young Catholics.
The awards day began with prayer and an opportunity to evaluate their learning over the year, not only about the work of CAFOD, but what they have learned about themselves.
After lunch we welcomed Mary Colwell a BBC producer, writer and environmentalist who gave an inspiring presentation about her work and the impact of climate change she has witnessed.
The young people then analysed the impact and reach of their year calculating that they had reached over 8,000 people with their social justice message.
The certificates were given out by Mary and the young people were able to enjoy the sunshine in the Zoo before returning to school.
For more information about the Young Volunteer and Leaders course visit: cliftondiocese.com/departments/adult-education/youth-ministry/cafod-young-volunteer-leadership-courses/