An army of 1,500 volunteers is being recruited to provide the warmest of welcomes to visitors to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Host City Volunteers will bring passion and pride to Glasgow’s streets, as they help visitors to navigate around the city at Games-time, providing information on the sports programme, Live Zones, and the many cultural activities the city will have on offer.
The volunteer programme is part of Host City Glasgow – a 3-year project, led by Glasgow Life to help enhance the potential impact of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on civic pride, volunteering legacy, and communities in the host city. The £1.7million project has just been awarded £632,000 by the Big Lottery Fund, with other funding and support provided by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. As the host city, Glasgow is looking to maximise opportunities for local people to feel connected with, and play an active part in, delivery of the Games. The project will offer exciting opportunities to do just that, while welcoming visitors, and showcasing the city.
The Host City Volunteer programme will target communities and groups that may have previously encountered barriers which prevented their involvement in volunteering. The volunteers, who will all live, work or study in the city, will receive training and support before, during and after the Games, with the hope that many will use the opportunity as a springboard to further enhance their own lives or those of their local communities.
The Host City Volunteers Orientation Event took place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday 21st May. The orientation was to tell the Host City Volunteers all about the role they will play during Games time and what a typical day as a HCV will involve. They were also told about the Festival 2014 Live Zones and where they might be based. It was also be a great opportunity to talk to the team and ask any questions they have about their role. The 1,300 Host City Volunteers who have already signed up will get their picture taken for their accreditation and will get their official uniforms to take away with them.
The special guests at the orientation including Julie McElroy – who is an ambassador for paralympic sports, as well as a dedicated disability campaigner. TV presenter Carol Smillie was presenting the night and East 40 will be making an appearance. East 40 is a band made up of schoolchildren from Glasgow’s East End and it takes its name from the postcode of the schools and the number of band members. Along with Glasgow singer-songwriter Jonathan Carr, who co-wrote the single, as well as with some help from members of The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit, they have released a charity single in aid of UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which has already caught the imagination of hundreds of pupils in the city with its inspiring message.