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Lottery funding package for Games volunteers

10/01/2013
Volunteering / Young People / Glasgow 2014
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 apply when the search launches on Monday, January 14, 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. 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 Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme should be available for applications around September 2013, when volunteers will start being notified if they have been successful.

Applications to volunteer close on 28 February 2013.  You can apply online at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer and help is available in person at the Volunteer Centre in Glasgow, by phone and email at the Glasgow 2014 Contact Centre (030 3333 2014, contactus@glasgow2014.com) and staff at every library in Scotland are also geared up to assist with the application process.