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Half a million great reasons for Clyde-siders to smile

October 7, 2013

Up to 15,000 Clyde-siders – Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games volunteers – can now apply for additional support from the Volunteer Support Pot to help them take part in this once in a life time experience.

With funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and supported by Glasgow 2014 and the Scottish Government Legacy 2014, the Volunteer Support Pot has been created as a discretionary fund to help volunteers whose individual circumstances need assistance towards the cost of participating. No-one should have to stop their volunteering due to hardship or exceptional costs.

The volunteer army of London 2012 Games-makers were credited with delivering the feel good factor.

The volunteer army of London 2012 Games-makers were credited with delivering the feel good factor.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director Jackie Killeen said: “We want to make sure no one misses out on the opportunity to be a Clyde-sider simply because they are worried about cost or impact it might have. We are delighted to work with our partners Volunteer Development Scotland who will ensure that our £500,000 funding will ensure those who need vital support can get it.”

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said: “The Games is harnessing Scotland’s passion for sport to increase levels of volunteering. Every one of the 15,000 Clyde-siders selected will help make this the best ever Commonwealth Games by creating a fantastic welcome for athletes, spectators and visitors.

“For those Clyde-siders who may need extra support, like those with a disability or care responsibilities, the £500,000 Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is now open. It will help Scottish volunteers to overcome practical and financial barriers to help make their volunteering dreams a reality and provide valuable new skills and experiences.”

Volunteer Development Scotland Chief Executive George Thomson said: “Hello and welcome to the Volunteer Support Pot. We’re ready to help you complete the volunteer journey of a lifetime at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’ll be an enormous privilege for us to help, where required. We’re simply open now, and looking forward to the journey with you.”

The Volunteer Support Pot is open to all Scottish residents who are Clyde-siders (games time volunteers). This support is available to a wide range of volunteers including individuals with a disability, those who are rurally isolated and carers. If you’re worried about the cost of volunteering or the impact on your home life, the Volunteer Support Pot could help.

We can help with costs such as respite for carers, childcare, accommodation and travel from outside Glasgow.

Making an application is quick, simple and straight forward. Just go to our website http://www.vds.org.uk/volunteersupportpot and fill in the on line form. The website also has case studies, guidance, and other useful information available to you. We can also send an application form direct to you or complete it with you over the phone.

If you want to speak to member of the Volunteer Support Pot team please phone 01786 849771 and a member of our team will be happy to give you help, advice or further information.

Our aim is to ensure this process is made easy for volunteers. We will support and guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible for you. The Volunteer Support Pot is there to ensure volunteers participate and engage in the 2014 Games; building on skills, making new friends and enjoying the whole Commonwealth Games experience.

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