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UK - Volunteer - Dominic

Dominic is a parish volunteer in the Northampton Diocese.

How did you first get involved with volunteering?

Hello I'm Dominic - I'm 37 and I'm a parish volunteer in the Northampton Diocese.

I have been volunteering with CAFOD for two years. From my childhood my parents, especially my mum, have been very actively working with Caritas in Goa. I have grown up seeing first-hand the difference it has made in people’s lives.

What’s been the best thing about volunteering for CAFOD?

Knowing that the work you do has a significant impact on the lives of those living in poverty around the world. Additionally the activities like soup lunches and fundraisers are good social events in the church which instil a community spirit.

As a parish volunteer how have you supported Family Fast Day?

For one Harvest Family Fast Day, apart from delivering the Fast Day talk and encouraging people to give via the envelopes and contactless device, we also held a soup lunch which was well attended considering the number of people returning to the church. My wife had never made soup in that quantity so it was a first time for her. It proved to be very well received.

What would you say to prospective volunteers?

It is a rewarding experience and a very good use of one’s time and talent. A great way to get to know more people in the parish and your parish priest.