Helpline to give lowdown on Olympics opportunities

A new helpline will give charities the chance to find out about the opportunities available to them in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The London Development Agency has funded Big Opportunity Direct to give advice to charities on subjects such as contract opportunities or volunteer recruitment.

Tom Travers, head of Olympic opportunity at the London Development Agency, said: "The LDA has funded a helpline so that people can find out how to bid for contracts and grants, and even recruit volunteers."

Elizabeth Balgobin, chief executive of the London Voluntary Service Council, said: "The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide us with some unique challenges and some very special opportunities.

"As a sector, we must take advantage of these by being informed of the processes and taking the initiative."

Charities will also have the opportunity to speak to those involved in organising the games at two London conferences to be held in Ealing in west London and Stratford in east London in November and December.

The number for the Big Opportunity Direct is 0844 856 3420.

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