Helpline will advise charities on Olympic opportunities

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

The London Development Agency has given Big Opportunity Direct a £100,000 grant 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, 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 and Stratford in November and December.

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

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