Fund will aid Commonwealth Games volunteers who need financial help

Shona Robison of the Scottish government says the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme will help people who would otherwise not be able to apply

Shona Robison
Shona Robison

A new £500,000 funding programme will provide help for people who want to volunteer at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but could have difficulty doing so.

The Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish government have launched the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme to offer financial assistance to volunteers who might otherwise not be able to apply.

Up to 15,000 people will be needed to fill both specialist and non-specialist roles at next summer’s Games. Applications to volunteer will open on 14 January and close on 28 February.

More than 40,000 people have registered their interest in becoming a volunteer.

Successful applicants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs, but the new fund will assist those who face practical and financial barriers that might otherwise stop them volunteering.

It will offer them help such as respite for carers, childcare, accommodation and subsistence, travel from outside Glasgow and additional travel and support for people who are disabled.

Volunteers will have to be available for at least eight days during the games and will have to attend up to six days of interviews in Glasgow, as well as training and uniform collection sessions.

Shona Robison, minister for Commonwealth Games and sport, said the fund would "provide a helping hand to people who need additional support to make their volunteering dreams a reality". 

"The skills and experience gained by our games volunteers will prepare them for new opportunities in work, as volunteers, or in other major events coming to Scotland in the years ahead," she said.

Jackie Killeen, Scotland director of the BLF, said the BLF believed the fund would help people who might not have thought this was an opportunity for them, to volunteer 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 that many people from a variety of backgrounds can share that experience in Glasgow," she said.

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