Umbrella body launches site to lure London 2012 volunteers

Greater London Volunteering, the umbrella body for volunteer centres in the capital, has launched an online volunteering events calendar in a bid to harness enthusiasm for volunteering ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The site, launched to coincide with Volunteers’ Week this week, lists volunteering opportunities in London and allows users to add selected events to their Google calendars and browse information sheets about volunteering.

Charities, social enterprises and public bodies can apply to add their events provided they involve volunteers, promote citizenship or civic pride, and benefit the community or public. Volunteers must not be taking the place of paid staff.

The site also offers advice for charities and clubs on recruiting and managing volunteers, and provides information and resources for volunteer centres about volunteering and the 2012 Olympics.

Kerry Tweed, director of Greater London Volunteering, said: "7.5 million people live in London; 2.5 million volunteer. This is the first time that London has had one place to visit and find volunteering events across the capital. The question we tried to answer is 'How can we match up London events with people who would like to take part?'"

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