Fund to help Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games volunteers

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A £500,000 fund has been launched to help people who want to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The cash, from the Big Lottery Fund and Scottish government, aims to ensure that people from all backgrounds have the chance to volunteer.

Limited cash sums will be available to help cover costs, such as as travel, food, accommodation and childcare.

Applications will open on 14 January to recruit up to 15,000 volunteers to help out at the games.

The specialist and non-specialist roles available include welcoming athletes at the airport or Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village to helping direct people at venues.

Volunteers need to be over 16 to apply and be eligible to work in the UK.

'Volunteering dreams'

They need to be available for at least eight days during the games between 23 July and 3 August in 2014.

Prospective volunteers also need to be available for up to six days for interviews in Glasgow, as well as training and uniform collection ahead of the games.

Successful applicants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs, but limited help for certain volunteers will be available through the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme.

Announcing the £500,000 fund, Sport Minister Shona Robison said: "This fund will provide a helping hand to people who need additional support to make their volunteering dreams a reality.

"The skills and experience gained by our games volunteers will prepare them for new opportunities in work, as volunteers, or in other major events coming to Scotland in the years ahead."

The fund will start taking applications for financial help around September this year, when applicants will start being notified if they have been chosen as volunteers.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland director Jackie Killeen said: "We know from the success of the London 2012 Games Makers that being a volunteer can be a life-changing experience and this funding is to ensure as many people from variety of backgrounds can share that experience in Glasgow."

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