SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
Celebrating Our Volunteers – Leila
As part of National Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June 2020, we are celebrating our amazing volunteers and saying a huge thank you to them for the invaluable contributions that they make to Newcastle Cathedral.
Here we shine a spotlight on Leila, a Volunteer Welcomer at the Cathedral, as she shares a little about herself…
Describe your best weekend
My best weekends are in my ancient little caravan, or with my friends when we go away: so much laughter then.
Tell us about a memorable holiday / event
Memorable event would be my elder daughter’s wedding in the Oxford College Chapel where she was Organ Scholar (the first ever female Organ Scholar there!).
Post-COVID-19, if you could be whisked away to anywhere for 2 dream days where would you go?
Two dream days would be at my caravan.
Have you tried any new foods or perfected any recipes during lockdown?
I mostly make recipes from Michael Mosley’s “don’t get fat” books but I haven’t done any new ones in lockdown.
Have you got any new hobbies you’ve picked up during lockdown?
I’ve become a marginally better pianist as I have played a lot more. I play lots of Scrabble, read, and go walking.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when COVID-19 is over?
The first thing I want to do is go to London to see my little granddaughter, and to set foot in a church.
How long have you volunteered at the Cathedral / what is your role / what made you choose to volunteer with us?
I’ve volunteered for about 8 years. I wanted to give something back to the place that gives so much to me. I’m a Welcomer and a pop-up café person.
How would others at the Cathedral describe you?
I think others would describe me as caring, and very smiley. I know how to laugh at life (which is just as well!!).
Volunteering is a fulfilling way to give back to the community and, as well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing and makes you feel great in return too!
It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.
If you have been inspired and are interested in becoming a volunteer at Newcastle Cathedral, please get in touch with our Project Manager, Lindy Gilliland, by email to find out how to get started.
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