On Wednesday afternoon I was in London for a meeting of the Stakeholder Adviser Group for the ‘Inspiration and Legacy from the 2012 Games’ project: this is the Volunteering England/YouthNet project, funded by the Cabinet Office, which is working to ensure that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games create a legacy of increased volunteering in communities across the country. The project is specifically working to provide those hundreds of thousands likely unsuccessful applicants for the 70,000 ‘Games Maker’ volunteer positions being recruited by LOCOG to help run the Games with alternative Games-inspired volunteering opportunities. In particular the project is working to promote sports, environmental and cultural volunteering. Already 160 organisations have signed up to be involved – including several voluntary arts umbrella bodies – and more than 10,000 Games-inspired volunteering opportunities have been posted on do-it.org (the national volunteering database). Volunteering England and YouthNet will be running 30 workshops over the next 8 months to encourage more than 1000 organisations to develop and recruit Games-inspired opportunities to volunteer. They are particularly keen to involve small, informal community groups. More details at http://www.volunteering.org.uk/gamesinspired.
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