Volunteer centres need funding to attract 2012 volunteers

Volunteering England has said that the Government needs to act fast to strengthen the recruitment and support of volunteers for the 2012 Olympics.

The umbrella body welcomed the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Action Plan on the long-time benefits of the London games, but said that volunteer centres needed to be funded to help them attract a diverse range of volunteers.

"We need to build on our country's infrastructure of volunteer centres because they have the knowledge and experience in recruiting and supporting volunteers from all sections of society," said Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England. "They need to be resourced to pay their part in this huge national undertaking."

Davis Smith said ministers also needed to give attention to how the enthusiasm of about 70,000 volunteers could be sustained after the games have finished. "If these 70,000 people are just demobilised in September 2012, it will be a missed opportunity to establish a human legacy of people's active involvement in their communities," he said.

In another development, the London Olympic Committee announced that the national training centre of spinal cord injury charity Aspire has been chosen as one of the pre-games training camps for the 2012 Olympics. The centre is the first integrated training centre for disabled and non-disabled people in Europe.

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