Student Placement during 2017

I started working with Yellow Submarine in March 2017 as part of my 70-day University placement. At the time I didn’t know a lot about the charity so I did some research online. I was provided with more information about the charity in my induction which I found really helpful. I do remember being quite nervous working with the team and service users in my first week. There really was nothing to worry about as the staff, activity leaders and service users made me feel welcome. I was able to help with activities in both the Oxford and Witney Youth Clubs, Compass Project groups and School holiday activities (i.e Explore days, Forest days, Youth Club days and Multi-sport days). There were also many opportunities to creating new activity ideas with the activity leaders.

I am very thankful for being part of the team and always feeling welcome. I had so much fun volunteering in all the sessions and activities because their always was happiness, laughs, excitement, and joy with all the service users I had worked with. I had really seen how the charity promoted a positive and person-centered environment for their service users. When it came to the end of my placement I did feel quite sad to leave. So I decided to continue volunteering in the summer which was a very memorable and enjoyable experience. I would like to continue volunteering in the future. I also would definitely recommend this volunteering experience to anyone who is passionate about helping service users to be socially included, encouraging confidence, independence, initiative and creativity!!!