Having taken part in a number of activity days with Yellow Submarine since 2009 I can honestly say that any apprehension I may have had about volunteering quickly disappeared.
Although I’m quite a loud person, I can often feel uncomfortable when meeting new people, and I was worried that I wouldn’t have much in common with everyone else on the holiday. I was nervous that I might say or do the wrong thing, but it was soon obvious that I was worrying unnecessarily. From my first trip to see QPR play (and lose, sorry Toby…), to a number of subsequent holidays and activities, I have had a brilliant time throughout. The Yellow Submarine staff are really experienced and are always on hand if you have any questions, and it was great to see some familiar faces on later trips. Guests and volunteers both get a huge amount out of the holiday, and it’s really interesting to learn about everyone’s lives and hobbies.
There’s a real sense of camaraderie on the holidays, both the volunteers and guests are getting the opportunity to try new things and meet new people. Without the help of Yellow Submarine, I would never have been brave enough to sing karaoke in front of a crowd (although I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing)!
I would whole heartedly recommend volunteering with Yellow Submarine, I’m yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy it and the number of regular volunteers is testament to the brilliant work the team undertakes!