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Hi, my name is Sharon. I’m a third year Psychology student, taking a year out to do a sandwich placement at Castlerigg Manor, Lake District. I’m volunteering as part of a programme called Step into the Gap, run by CAFOD.

During my time at Castlerigg, I will be helping young people learn about Christ. I love working with young people, they bring a lot of colour and happiness into my life. I also love helping people. Prior to volunteering for CAFOD I worked for Victim Support helping Victims of Crime, and Age UK helping patients who have Alzheimer’s, whilst teaching the elderly IT skills (a very fun experience!) As you can see I’m a people’s person.

I will be going to schools and parishes to talk about the projects CAFOD are doing such as “Hands On” and “World Poor Day”, encouraging young people to embrace global justice and do our bit to make a difference in the world.

At the end of my year I will be going to see the projects CAFOD do overseas that transform people’s lives. I’m very excited to learn, and be inspired by this experience.

I have made many friends since I’ve settled into Castlerigg. As you can see above, I have a wonderful family at CAFOD and Castlerigg. There are eight other gappers on both teams. We have got on so well and learned many things about each other. Hope to make amazing memories with them.  Wishing everyone all the very best for the year ahead!

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