As Volunteers’ Week is in full swing the Big Lottery Fund Scotland is delighted to announce Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) has been appointed by Big Lottery Fund Scotland to deliver the £500k Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme.
The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme has been set up to help ensure there is a diverse and inclusive team of volunteers for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and supported by the Scottish Government.
VDS’s role will be to run the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme which recognises that for some people financial assistance will make all the difference to help them overcome practical and financial barriers which would otherwise stop them from volunteering and taking part in the landmark event.
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said:
“A true legacy of these Games will be developing a diverse and inclusive group of volunteers from across Scotland, who can build on their Games volunteering experience to offer up their skills and experience when we win other major events.”
Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, said: “The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to be working with VDS as we know they will be able to deliver this vital programme of funding which will offer 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.”
George Thomson, VDS Chief Executive, said: “There has been a fantastic response from the people of Scotland to come forward and volunteer. The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme will ensure that there is a diverse group of volunteers from all parts of Scotland and all backgrounds who will be able to complete their volunteer experience.
“We are delighted to be the chosen provider of an essential service. We are now working on the launch to volunteers which we expect will take place later in the year.”
The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme 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.