Volunteers on our young people's activities.

My first time volunteering was quite nerve racking, the not knowing what to expect. I was worried I might feel out of my comfort zone, it might feel scary and emotional.

Firstly I was introduced to the yellow submarine team and introduced to the support team so that I felt reassured by the support.

We went through which people would be attending the sports day. We heard about their personalities and the names were suddenly becoming people. I watched parents lovingly leave their children to our care and I was suddenly aware of the trust involved in us as volunteers. I realised what an important job this was. I saw children arrive a little bit shy and uncertain, I saw friends greet friends who had been there before.

After a chat it was then into the fun, and for the morning I chatted with different people as we swam, played football and then went bowling. Everyone was having fun so it was hard not to! I was responsible for three lovely boys who were brilliant. My main responsibilities were making sure they were in the right place at the right time and for the rest of the time playing sport, chatting and having fun!

After a day of laughs, shrieks and celebrations as people scored goals, strikes and spares we watched the smiling excited and not shy children be greeted by smiling parents.

So my first time was all of the above, a bit scary, a bit emotional and a little out of my comfort zone... and I can't wait to do it again...

My dad has a saying, you only get out of it what you put into it, but volunteering I actually think you get more out of it than you put into it. Go on take the leap...