Help to make a difference

Katherine4It may be eighteen months until Scotland is in the spotlight as the Commonwealth Games comes to Glasgow, but there is just under four weeks left to apply to Volunteer Glasgow 2014, to have a chance to be one of the 15,000 friendly people who will play a vital role in the success of the Games.

And earlier this month the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and the Scottish Government launched a £500k funding programme to help people who want to volunteer but might not otherwise be able to apply.

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 a variety of backgrounds can share that experience in Glasgow. “

Olympic rower and gold medallist, Katherine Grainger said, “The Commonwealth Games is the next major event happening in this country.  For anyone that can be there, watching in the crowd, watching it on TV or volunteering, it will just be unbelievably memorable. It’s a celebration of what’s possible, it’s infectious, it’s exciting and it will lift the whole country.”

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.

Find out more about volunteering for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to make your application here.

To find out more about the latest grants funded through 2014 Communities click here.

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