Olympics

It’s getting closer!

Being a Games Maker is a great way to take part in London 2012. Have you got what it takes?

London 2012 has announced its plans to recruit up to 70,000 volunteers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This represents the biggest peace time recruitment drive in the UK.

There are two key phases of recruitment:

  • The LOCOG application process for specialist volunteers opened on 27 July and is for volunteers in areas such as medical services, sport or press operations and for disabled people from groups that have been working with LOCOG. You can only apply at this stage if you have been given a special code.
  • This is also an opportunity for those interested in the generalist roles to find out if they have what it takes to be a Games Maker via a dedicated section on the London 2012 website.
  • Recruitment has also started for the Mayor's London Ambassadors volunteer scheme. You'll be stationed at key transport hubs, at visitor attractions, and on the streets of the capital to make sure all visitors to London get the best possible welcome during the Games.You can register here

15 September

  • The LOCOG application process for generalist roles such as spectator assistants, uniform distributors and ticket checking, opens to the public. The process is open for six weeks and closes at Midnight on 27 October. Apply online. You need to be 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2012.
  • LOGOG is especially keen to recruit disabled people to volunteer and will support candidates through application, selection and at Games-time.

Up to 1,500 of the Games Maker roles will be made available for those under the age of 18 through the 'Young Games Maker' programme that will be unveiled in July 2011.

Why wait until 2012 to volunteer?

There are loads of ways to get involved while you wait:

  • Pledge your support for the 25th hour campaign and you'll be told how you can find and sign up for 25th Hour opportunities where you live and work. Some 25th Hour time-givers will even be rewarded with money-can't buy experiences like a sneak preview of London 2012
  • Join Changing Places for the day and help fellow volunteers transform an area of East London. They need people to lend a hand transforming the areas around the Olympic Park.

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