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£500k Lottery funding package for games volunteers

Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme announced by Big Lottery Fund

Area:
Scotland
Programme:
2014 Communities
Release date:
10 1 2013

A £500k funding programme to help people who want to volunteer for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and the Scottish Government.

The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme has £500k to offer financial assistance to volunteers who might otherwise not be able to apply. Applications for Volunteer Glasgow 2014 open next Monday, January 14, when the search launches to recruit up to 15,000 friendly people who will play a crucial role in the success of the Games.

Volunteers will be expected to fulfil a number of specialist and non-specialist roles including welcoming athletes at the airport or Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, helping behind the scenes or directing people at venues. Volunteers need to be over 16 to apply and be eligible to work in the UK. They need to be available for at least eight days during the Games themselves between July 23 and August 3 in 2014 as well as up to six days for interviews in Glasgow, as well as training and uniform collection ahead of the Games. They also need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Recognising that not everyone can afford to do this, the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme will offer financial assistance to help those people facing practical and financial barriers which might otherwise stop them from volunteering.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “Volunteering for the Games offers an excellent opportunity for people from across Scotland to play their part. This fund will provide a helping hand to people who need additional support to make their volunteering dreams a reality. The skills and experience gained by our Games volunteers will prepare them for new opportunities in work, as volunteers, or in other major events coming to Scotland in the years ahead."
 
Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, said: “The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to offer this funding which we believe will help people, many of whom might not have thought this was a chance for them, to become volunteers at Glasgow 2014.

“We know from the success of the London 2012 Games Makers that being a volunteer can be a life changing experience and this funding is to ensure as many people from variety of backgrounds can share that experience in Glasgow.”

The fund will help with costs such as respite for carers, childcare, accommodation and subsistence, travel from outside Glasgow and additional travel / support for those who are disabled.  The programme will be available for applications around September 2013, when volunteers will start being notified if they have been successful.
 

For more press or media information contact
Emma Whitfield Communications Manager BIG Scotland Press Office 0141 242 1415 / 07880 737157 emma.whitfield@biglotteryfund.org.uk

For more information about 2014 Communities or the Big Lottery Fund please
Go to our website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland
Call: 0300 123 7110
email: enquiries.scotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or go to our website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk


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  • Voluntary or community organisation

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  • Public involvement
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