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Volunteer Spotlight: Juliette Capaldi

Juliette has supported the Christchurch House for a number of years through the Family Dinner Programme and her talents as a Photographer. She shares her experience here.

What’s your name, where are you from and what’s your occupation?

Juliette Capaldi, from Christchurch but married into the Capaldi name from Italy. I am a portrait photographer, specialising in family portraits and business portraits, and my business name is Etta Images. You can see my business page here

What is your volunteer role at the House?

I have done meals in the past….waiting for the chance to get a group of people together again and doing some cooking. I love bringing my son with me (aged 12), he makes a mean garlic bread! I also do photography for the House when I can, some events and some photographing of families involved for marketing; this is my favourite way to help.

How did you find out about the volunteer opportunities, and what encouraged you to sign up?

Years ago someone just asked me if I wanted to help cook a meal…and it has all grown from there. My son was very young at the time, and I just couldn’t imagine how tough it must be for families going through what they do with their children.

What did you know about us before becoming a volunteer?

Not much, I must admit I did just think it was for families of cancer patients, I now know they help so many other families too.

What is your favourite part about volunteering?

Using whatever skills you have to help someone. Everyone has something to offer others, but sometimes we are just not aware of what it is.

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering at the House?

It’s a pretty special place, and any small thing you can do to help is always appreciated. And it just makes you feel so good to give back.

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