Volunteer centres start recruiting Olympic volunteers

Ten centres across the capital will train 8,000 London Ambassadors to help tourists during the 2012 games

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Volunteer Centre Camden will be the first of 10 volunteer centres in the capital to start recruiting the 8,000 volunteers who will help tourists find their way around London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

The centre will interview 2,400 applicants for volunteering places on the £7m London Ambassadors programme, which is being run and funded by the London Development Agency. So far, 16,000 people have applied.

The 10 volunteer centres, listed below, will together be responsible for recruiting the volunteers, who will be stationed at transport hubs around the capital during the games.

VCC will have six weeks in which to assess its 2,400 applicants for the volunteer places, beginning on 4 April. Hayley Watts, director of VCC, told Third Sector it was recruiting volunteers who would be responsible for recruiting the London Ambassador volunteers.

She said the centre needed 120 people to carry out the volunteer recruitment. Those that did so would be trained by the consumer products firm Procter & Gamble, she said.

"We are very excited about this work," she said. "Of course it will be hard, and the timescales are quite short, but we are confident that we can do a good job."

The 10 volunteer centres that will recruit London Ambassadors volunteers are:

- Volunteer Centre Camden

- Volunteer Centre Greenwich

- Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea

- Volunteer Centre Croydon

- Volunteer Centre Westminster

- Volunteer Centre Enfield

- Volunteer Centre Ealing

- Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets

- Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau

- Volunteer Centre Merton.

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