Volunteers on adult residential trips

My reason for volunteering with yellow submarine was to do something useful rather than another evening in the pub and the 9 to 5. My boyfriend was also keen, so I wanted to find something that we could do together.

When I heard YS arranged holidays, it sounded perfect, a really fun way of helping others. Our first time was a late summer holiday to Polzeath in Cornwall, a lovely surfing village staying in a huge house next to the beach with sea views. I was nervous as I didn't have experience of caring for people with learning difficulties, but as soon as I met my group and the other helpers on the trip, I was excited about the week.

My role was basically to make sure everyone was happy, comfortable and having a good holiday, from preparing packed lunches, helping with the smooth running of the day trips (personal highlight was a boat trip to padstow with fish and chips by the sea), getting beat at 10 pin bowling to helping with dinner. Dvd's and quizes in the evenings were such a nice way of getting to know everyone. The whole group got on so well and were all interesting people with great senses of humour, everyone said they wanted to come back the next year and quite a few of us did.

Loved it.