Volunteer

In this blog post, volunteer Lucy tells us about the fascinating process of cataloguing our historically important antiquarian book collection.The Jesuits in Britain Archive holds an important collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century theological books, together with bibles, prayer books, and historical works, and for the past three months I have spent one day a week working on them, examining each in turn and preparing a list of them for the Archivist.  Books are not, strictly...
Sixteen CAFOD Lancaster's volunteers came together last week to celebrate and cherish their support for the charity in a Thanksgiving Mass at St Wilfrid’s in Preston.The day was full with emotions, especially with gratitude for all the volunteers who generously give their time and talents to support CAFOD.Parish volunteers, School volunteers, Campaign volunteers, Area Coordinators, Office volunteers and Step into the Gap volunteers: they all came together as a community, sharing their different...
Beatrice Grasso considers the impact of immigration detention and explains how the Jesuit Refugee Service UK are working to support people in detention.Imagine being taken away from home in the middle of the night, with no time to pack or call your friends. You are then detained, indefinitely. No, this isn’t a prison, but it sure looks like one. You do not know when you’ll be released, or even if you’ll be allowed to stay in this country at all. You might be on the next plane out of the country...
Tuesday 5 December is International Volunteer Day, an international observance designated by the United Nations in 1985 that offers an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible at local, national and international levels. At the Jesuits in Britain Archives, volunteers have given over 700 hours, the equivalent of 130 days, of their time since 2014, to help us with many important tasks such as cataloguing, calendaring volumes of letters...
St Ignatius of Loyola
The British Jesuits have a well established Safeguarding Commission which is responsible for the oversight of the Society’s arrangements for the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse.The Commission is looking for two new members.It is looking to recruit one member who is either a serving police officer or has retired from the police service. The Commission is also looking to recruit one further member who does not have a specific professional background in child or adult...
Heather Burke is a regular with London Jesuit Volunteers and shares her thoughts and experiences.My interest in volunteer work started while attending the Jesuit Georgetown University in Washington DC, where the Ignatian ethos of "men and women for others" was ingrained in me. I tutored primary school students and tried to share my love of reading. When I moved to London with work in 2011, I wanted to get outside my comfort zone and find an opportunity to continue giving back to the...
Gaining new perspectives : volunteering abroad with Jesuit MissionsFor over 20 years Jesuit Missions has been running a programme for adults to volunteer their skills and talents with communities in need around the world.Cecily Aldington from Wimbledon has just returned from three months in Honduras where she lived and worked in El Carrizal, a village of about 100 households in the rural west of the country.  As a member of a team of twelve volunteers, six  Honduran and six British,...
The Jesuits in Britain are committed to developing the faith life of young adults.  We run a range of retreats, discussion groups, special services, weeks of guided prayer, and social justice volunteering  opportunities.Rooted in the Ignatian tradition we aim to provide opportunities for young adults (people aged 18-35) to experience Christ, understand Christ and ultimately live a life centred on Christ in our world. Young Adult Ministry MassesThe first Young Adult Mass began on...