The Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee today (Monday, November 5) formally launched its search for up to 15,000 volunteers for the Commonwealth Games with the official opening of the Volunteer Centre.
With around 15,000 hours before the start of the Games, Glasgow 2014 is on the hunt for the friendliest faces and seeking them to register their interest now at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer ahead of applications opening in mid-January.
At today's official opening, Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot, was given the scissors to cut the ribbon and complete the opening, supported by Lord Smith, Chair of Glasgow 2014, Games Partners, representatives from leading voluntary organisations, and a selection of people representing the diversity of the volunteers required at the Games.
The contribution of the Games Makers during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was widely recognised as a success story and Glasgow 2014 will be seeking its own volunteers to help deliver the largest sporting and cultural event ever hosted in Scotland.
The Volunteer Centre in Glasgow's Merchant City will act as a hub, hosting an anticipated 1,000 interviews a week for the huge range of volunteer roles; the interviews are due to start from April 2013 onwards.
Lord Smith, Chair of Glasgow 2014, said:
“One of my lasting memories of attending the London 2012 Olympics is the immense contribution made by the Games Makers and now we are looking to find up to 15,000 people of our own to help deliver a successful Commonwealth Games here in Scotland.
“Today’s formal opening of the Volunteer Centre is a landmark moment for Glasgow 2014 and this building will go on to be the hub where the interviews take place to recruit the friendly faces who can stamp their own personalities on the Games.
“I would urge those considering being a volunteer to register their interest online at the first opportunity and for them to begin to think about how they personally could assist Glasgow 2014 in making this an event to remember.”
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said:
"Volunteers will play a key role in making the 2014 Games great. Their energy, commitment and spirit will embody the very essence of the Games and will help showcase Glasgow and Scotland at its very best.
"I know that Scots love to get stuck in and play their part in making activities in their communities a success, and so I’d like to encourage everyone to consider volunteering for the 2014 Games and being part of something special."
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:
“No event as big as the Commonwealth Games can succeed without the support of volunteers carrying out a wide range of tasks essential for its smooth running. This is a real opportunity for people to get involved in the very heart of the Games.
“We all recognise the invaluable service the volunteers and Games Makers made at the London 2012 Olympic Games, making it such a memorable experience. I am sure the volunteers for the Games in Glasgow will play this role at least as well to ensure we have a huge success in 2014.
”While applications to volunteer at the Games won’t open until January, I would ask everyone considering taking part in what will be a fantastic time for Glasgow and Scotland to register their interest as soon as they can.”
Fiona McEwan, Vice Chair Commonwealth Games Scotland, said:
“For the participating teams the volunteers are critical to the quality of every part of their Games experience. From the technical officials who ensure that the sport competitions are run smoothly, to the drivers who help athletes and officials get seamlessly around the city, to the people welcoming athletes into the dining room, a friendly and flexible attitude turns a good Games into a great and memorable Games.
“Scots are naturally very hospitable and coupled with a great sense of humour we are confident that Glasgow 2014 will have a volunteer workforce to be proud of.”
The vision for the Volunteering Programme is to engage a diverse, inclusive and committed group of high calibre volunteers to support Glasgow 2014 across all strands of the Games.
Not all of the roles will be high profile or in the frontline and many might be away from the athletes. They are all, however, crucial to making sure the Games run smoothly. Some roles will include welcoming athletes at the airport or at the Athletes’ Village, helping behind the scenes or directing people at the venues.
There will also be specialist roles that need previous experience or qualifications in sport or first aid. But the vast majority of roles just need friendly people, who are committed to helping make this the best show that Scotland has ever seen.
When applications open in mid-January the application form is completed online. Glasgow 2014 has been working with a number of organisations including the Scottish Library Information Council (SLIC) to arrange nationwide support.
All volunteers are required to be 16 or over when application opens in mid-January, be eligible to work in the UK and must be available for at least eight unforgettable days during the Games themselves between July 23 and August 3 in 2014.
A Contact Centre for Glasgow 2014 will deal with all queries and members of the public are encouraged to dial 030 3333 2014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance required with volunteer and general enquiries.
George Thomson, Chief Executive, Volunteer Development Scotland, said:
“Glasgow 2014’s Organising Committee has worked extremely hard ahead of today’s launch of what I am sure will prove to be an outstanding volunteer programme. At Volunteer Development Scotland we will do everything we can to promote the wide range of opportunities the Games will create across an array of roles.
“From our own experience, we know the level of commitment that volunteers make, but also the many rewards that come with that. We are all being asked if we are ready to help make the Games a success and the resounding answer is that we are. I am confident the public will give their time and energy to help deliver a fantastic event.”
Jamie Rutherford, Business Manager, Enable Scotland, said:
“Enable Scotland is delighted to support Glasgow 2014's efforts in recruiting up to 15,000 volunteers from across Scotland. Volunteering and work experience play a crucial part in developing the confidence of people with additional support needs looking to find jobs.
“Only one in nine people with learning disabilities in Scotland are in work - so we are pleased to be able to support some of them to volunteer for Glasgow 2014 knowing they will not only be part of Scotland's biggest and best team but also be better able to enter employment as a result.”
Note to Editors
1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
2. Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, Ernst & Young, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr and RGS
3. The Glasgow 2014 website www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer is the first place any prospective volunteer should look to find the answer to any questions about volunteering. Once the application system opens, the form will only be accessible through the website. There will be guidelines on completing the application form, case studies, helpful information on the volunteer journey, recent news and items of interest.
4. The Volunteer Centre will provide assistance and facilities for the public to find out about Volunteering opportunities. There will be on-site staff to answer questions, who together with publicly available computers, will provide support in completing applications and accessing the Volunteer Portal. Before January 2013 its opening hours will be Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
5. The main function of the Volunteer Centre is to act as the venue for all Volunteer interviews, which will be conducted between April and December 2013.
6. When applications open in mid-January the application form is completed online. Glasgow 2014 has been working with a number of organisations including the Scottish Library Information Council (SLIC) to arrange nationwide support.
7. Any interested applicants who do not have an email address or access to a computer can visit one of 541 local libraries where they will be able to drop in or schedule an appointment to receive support. 8. For further information please contact Simon Buckland, Glasgow 2014 Press Officer, on 030 2014 0612 or simon.buckland@Glasgow2014.com