London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics: Volunterring
PUBLISHED: 17:07 02 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:55 20 February 2013
Why not use the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as the opportunity to get into volunteering and really make a difference?
Why not use the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as theopportunity to get into volunteering and really make a difference?
There are expected to be 70,000 volunteers working at the Olympic Park but closer to home, there will be people needed to welcome visitors into the county and help out at community events. There is always a demand for willing volunteers.
After the Tour de France came to the county in 2007, the Kent Event Team was set up to make sure there was a group of volunteers available for one-off, large-scale events. There are now 1,600 people signed up who are working with nearly 100 organisations and every week, more and more organisers are advertising for helpers.
We all associate the Olympics and Paralympics with sport and Kent is taking part in Sport Makers, the national scheme to make sure there is a sporting legacy from the Games.
Sport Makers is an initiative to recruit, train and deploy 40,000 new sports volunteers aged 16 years and over to organise and lead community sporting activities across the country.
In Kent the target is to help 1,200 young people who will all complete a minimum of 10 hours voluntary work. Kent will see a boost in visitors around the times of the Games as people will come to stay in the county.
With its stunning landscape, attractions and facilities, theres plenty for us to shout about and thats where the Kent Greeters will be playing their part.
Kent Greeters offer an exciting and rewarding experience through the eyes of a volunteer greeter who is passionate about their local area of the county and would like to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.
A Greeter welcomes people from around the world, they can help them find out about the best places to visit, where to eat, how to use local transport and learn more about Kents heritage, architecture and history. If you have a passion for the place where you live, why not find out about being a Greeter?
Kent will be looking for volunteers to provide a warm welcome in 2012 to international and national visitors when they arrive and more information about the Kent Games Greeters volunteering programme will be announced in late 2011.
Volunteering doesnt need to take up all your time and can be very rewarding. It is a chance to get involved in events and activities and your support makes a real difference.
Without you, many groups just wouldnt exist and at a time when all eyes are on the UK for the Olympics and Paralympics, now is your chance to shine.