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01 July 2013


McFly, The Feeling and Eddie Izzard line up for biggest volunteering legacy event in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

Join McFlyThe Feelingand Eddie Izzard in a star-studded music fiesta at the newly re-opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

With fifteen consecutive top ten singles in the UK, including seven number ones, this is a unique chance to see the top-selling band while re-living the atmosphere of the 2012 Games, all for a mere £7.50.

McFly will perform alongside comedian and Join In patron Eddie Izzard, who will perform a special Olympic-themed set and Ivor Novello award-winning band The Feeling who have stormed the UK charts with several Top 10 hits and performed to a packed audience in Hyde Park at BT London Live last summer.

The Pandemonium Drummers, who wowed the world with their performance at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, are set to get the show off to a rousing start, whilst the Games Maker Choir will help to evoke the team spirit, excitement and unity that captured the imagination of the UK last summer. Other star acts on the billing include: SpelboundBOND QuartetThe James Riley BandRobbie Boyd and Greatest Hits of the West End, with more acts to be announced.

Sebastian Coe, the Mayor of London and London 2012 medallists and sporting heroes will also feature, inspiring the crowds, recognising the valuable contribution that volunteers make and inspiring more people to get involved. Go Local, presented by BT, is hosted by Join In and Team London, the volunteering initiative of the Mayor of London (http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk).

It is majority funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with additional funding from government grant and Presenting Partner BT. As well as live performances, Go Local will provide ideas and practical advice on how people interested in volunteering can make a real impact in their local community, whether or not they were involved in the Games.

The event is a curtain raiser to a summer of activities being delivered by Join In to build on the enthusiasm for volunteering in the UK as a result of the Games. Over the summer, Join In will play matchmaker to local clubs and community groups and potential volunteers by offering them opportunities to do something great in their local community.

In addition, Team London’s Ambassadors will be back on the streets of London with the Visitor Welcome and thousands of volunteers will be taking up opportunities in their communities.

The event comes on the back of a recent study, commissioned by Join In and run by YouGov, which showed that almost a third of the population (32%) said the London 2012 volunteers positively changed the way they view volunteering, with 31% saying that, looking back, they would have liked to be a London 2012 volunteer themselves. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "This is gearing up to be the ultimate fiesta of volunteering at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is the perfect reminder of when the world looked to London and saw an incorrigibly happy, diverse, multicultural, dynamic city that was animated by the hospitality and good nature of tens of thousands of volunteers. Team London's motto is go local and do something great for your city, which is why we are supporting the Go Local event. We’ve worked hard to maintain the tremendous volunteering spirit and I hope everyone leaves this event armed with tons of new opportunities.” 

Alice Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, Join In, said: “The London 2012 volunteers have had a lasting legacy on volunteering in the UK but was it’s only the start. Go Local will put volunteering firmly in the spotlight once again and prepare the UK ready summer set to revitalise the volunteering legacy of London 2012. I’d like to thank our partners BT and the Big Lottery Fund for sharing our vision and supporting Go Local. With their help, we’ll be offering thousands of opportunities to this willing army up and down the country.” 

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society said: “Last summer the Games showed us what is possible when people come together and we were incredibly proud of the commitment and dedication of the 2012 volunteers. We have always said that we wanted to see a long lasting volunteering legacy inspired by 2012. The Go Local event is the first step on this journey to celebrate volunteering and encourage more people to get involved in their community this summer.”

People can buy up to four tickets, to encourage volunteers to spread the word among their friends. A pair of tickets costs £15 available fromwww.ticketmaster.co.uk/go-local

More information can be found at: www.london.gov.uk/priorities/volunteering 

What: Go Local, Presented by BT– a celebration of volunteering one year on from the Olympic and Paralympic Games with music, comedy and entertainment – and guest appearances from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador Sebastian Coe and TeamGB and ParalympicsGB stars 

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London 

When: Friday 19 July, 16:30hrs (13:00hrs doors open) 

Tickets: £.7.50 eachwww.ticketmaster.co.uk/go-local 


Notes to editors

About the Go Local event 

Go Local, Presented by BT is hosted by Join In and Team London, and is majority funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with additional funding from government grant BT. Go Local is majority funded by a £1.5million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Spirit of 2012’ programme, which is funding a number of 2012 legacy projects. 

About Join In 

Join In is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, government grant and by Official Partners BT and Lloyds TSB. Join In is partly funded by a £1.5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Spirit of 2012’ programme, which is funding a number of London 2012 legacy projects. 

About Big Lottery Fund 

Big Lottery Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £6bn. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

The Big Lottery Fund announced on 23 September it would establish a trust to deliver an Olympic and Paralympic legacy for communities across the UK. BIG pledged that all the money it receives from the sale of the Olympic Village, likely to be between £30-40 million, will be committed to The Spirit of 2012 Trust. Five Trustees have so far been appointed. They are Dugald Mackie (Chair), Baroness Sue Campbell, John Gartside, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Paul Cuttill and Sir Harry Burns. Big Lottery Fund is investing £5.3m in four inspirational UK-wide initiatives that will inspire and engage up to two million people and ensure the 2012 spirit continues to thrive in communities through to 2014 and beyond. The Big Lottery Fund have funded Join In activity over the next year, the activity will focus on four key areas:

  • a nationwide campaign encouraging clubs and wider community groups to offer volunteering opportunities via the Join In website
  • an education programme to inspire and mobilise people to volunteer in their local clubs and communities across the UK
  • On the afternoon of Friday 19 July 2013, Join In, Team London and Big Lottery Fund will invite volunteers to be part of the biggest volunteering event in history, a with inspirational ideas and practical advice for volunteers on how to volunteer in their area, the event will also feature fantastic live music, entertainment and some very special guests
  • an awareness-raising campaign which will change perceptions of volunteering among the public.

About Team London 

The Mayor’s volunteering programme for London, Team London makes it quick and easy for Londoners to give their time, find volunteering opportunities and do great things for their city. Whether it’s cleaning up the environment or volunteering at one of the capital’s great events, Team London mobilises the community spirit and enthusiasm of Londoners to make a difference. Building on all the work that is already taking place in the capital, Team London focuses efforts on areas where volunteers can make the biggest impact.

For more information please visithttp://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk or contact us [email protected] 

About the research 

The public research figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2174 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15 - 17 May 2013. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 16+). 

About Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open to the public in phases starting this summer. Go Local is one of a series of summer concerts and events taking place throughout the summer.

For further information go to www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark and sign up to our newsletter. The Park will be fully open by spring 2014.

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