Since I started volunteering in January, I have really enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers and recovery workers. This is the first time I have volunteered within mental health, and I was nervous to start. However the team at DCLL have made it comfortable for me and as the weeks go by I feel that I am becoming more confident. Though I have limited contact with service users, I have found my phone line shifts beneficial in helping me to communicate with those who are looking for support or feel as though they are in crisis. Also just being a listening ear for someone has proven to be helpful. As I started volunteering during the pandemic, co-facilitating workshops via zoom has been interesting/ new and allowed me to get creative with making presentations and finding useful resources for each week. My favourite experience so far since volunteering has been the recovery worker/ volunteer social drinks which were fun and a chance for us all to get to know each other better! Also, the transferable skills I am learning which will help me for potential future career options working with those experiencing mental ill health is useful.