Volunteering Legacy of the 2012 Games

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will you ensure that the volunteering spirit of the London 2012 Games doesn't 'fizzle out' as warned by the Commons Public Accounts Committee?


Answer for Volunteering Legacy of the 2012 Games

Answer for Volunteering Legacy of the 2012 Games

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Olympic volunteering spirit and the fantastic goodwill of the London 2012 Games are being harnessed through the continuing Team London Ambassadors summer programme and a range of other volunteering opportunities and initiatives. More than 900 Ambassadors will provide a visitor welcome service at central London locations throughout this summer, as well as helping at major sporting events.

Ambassadors are also being matched to schools across London to inspire young people to volunteer in their local communities and more unemployed young people are being targeted as volunteer recruits and given skills training and opportunities at major events.

One year on from the Games, in July, Team London and national charity Join In are hosting an event in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for all the 2012 volunteers to inspire them to continue volunteering and encourage their friends and family to do the same.

To support the exciting series of summer events in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the London Legacy Development Corporation is recruiting 600 volunteers to help welcome visitors to the Park for the first time since the Games. These 'Park Makers' will help lay the foundations for the innovative time bank market place volunteering programme being developed for when the Park fully opens in spring 2014.

All Londoners are encouraged to sign up to the new Team London website where they can find opportunities to do something great for our city and local communities.