Over the next couple of months the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is set to put the finishing touches to a very special package of funding support aimed at helping those who face disadvantage become Glasgow 2014 Volunteers.
With a £500k budget the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme, announced today by BIG Scotland Director Jackie Killeen, is a funding programme developed in partnership with the Scottish Government. It will support people with barriers to volunteering become Glasgow 2014 volunteers by offering financial assistance to Glasgow2014 volunteers who might otherwise not be able to volunteer their time.
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.
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.”
Glasgow 2014 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.
Set to be launched in September 2013, when volunteers begin to be notified if they have been successful, the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support is likely to 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.
If you want to register you interest in volunteering at Glasgow 2014 go to http://www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer