An army of 1,500 volunteers is set to be recruited to provide the warmest of welcomes to visitors to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games thanks to £632,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Host City Volunteers will bring passion and pride to Glasgow’s streets, as they help visitors to navigate around the city at Games-time, providing information on the sports programme, Live Zones, and the many cultural activities the city will have on offer.
Maureen McGinn Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair said: “The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to offer this funding which gives those people who live, work or study in Glasgow the chance to get involved and be part of the Glasgow’s Commonwealth games experience.
“We know from the success of the London 2012 Games Makers that being a volunteer can be a life changing experience and, as this once in a lifetime opportunity comes around, our funding to the Host City Volunteer programme will help to ensure people from all across the city benefit have a chance to be a part of it.”
The volunteer programme is part of Host City Glasgow – a three-year project, led by Glasgow Life to help enhance the potential impact of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on civic pride, volunteering legacy, and communities in the host city. The £1.7million project is also funded by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life.
Councillor Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “These volunteers will be the face of Glasgow and will represent the real heart and soul of the city, offering a welcome that’s bursting with warmth, passion and pride. I’ve absolutely no doubt that the people of Glasgow will be the magic ingredient that makes for the best ever Commonwealth Games and I’m delighted that through the Host City Volunteer programme, we can support individuals and communities to be part of that.
“We’re absolutely committed to ensuring that those who have faced barriers to volunteering, such as disabled people or those with caring responsibilities, will now be able to be part of the biggest celebration Scotland has ever seen. I’m also delighted that the Big Lottery is supporting us to achieve a real, lasting legacy for everyone who takes part.”
The Host City Volunteer programme will provide additional support for those who require it, from helping to pay for transport costs, to providing dedicated training and operational support. Recruitment will take place early in the New Year, with volunteers undergoing training from April 2014.
Visit the Big Lottery Fund website for more information on our programmes.