SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
Celebrating Our Volunteers – Pouyan
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 Pouyan, a Volunteer Welcomer at the Cathedral, as he shares a little about himself…
Describe your best weekend
A family reunion with BBQ would be the best weekend possible.
Tell us about a memorable holiday / event
One of the best holidays I’ve experienced was in Badacsony, Hungary. Bright wines and wild berries.
Post-COVID-19, if you could be whisked away to anywhere for 2 dream days where would you go?
I would see my mom. I really miss her.
Have you tried any new foods or perfected any recipes during lockdown?
I’ve tried Mexicano, fast and not too feeling.
Have you got any new hobbies you’ve picked up during lockdown?
I’ve started to workout indoors as I have to motivate myself during lockdown.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when COVID-19 is over?
I’ll go swimming.
How long have you volunteered at the Cathedral / what is your role / what made you choose to volunteer with us?
I’ve been a Welcomer at Newcastle Cathedral since October 2019. I was walking around the Castle and accidentally walked into the Cathedral. It was a beautiful feeling which was doubled as I was greeted well by Christopher, the Head Welcomer. I asked if I could be a part of this family and he was very happy and helpful. I have to mention the much help Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle, and Lucy Cooke, the Volunteer Coordinator have given me. In short, I’m truly grateful and proud to be a part of People’s Cathedral family.
How would others at the Cathedral describe you?
As I truly miss everything and everyone there, I can only imagine love; as I have the same feeling towards them.
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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