London 2012 volunteers

London 2012 Olympic Games needs 70,000 Games' Makers.

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Olympics organisers will recruit up to 70,000 general volunteers in what they say is the UK's biggest post-war volunteer recruitment campaign. Roles available will range from ticket inspectors to uniform distributors.

Volunteers can now apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Olympics organisers will recruit up to 70,000 general volunteers in what they say is the UK's biggest post-war volunteer recruitment campaign.

Roles available to volunteers will range from ticket inspectors to uniform distributors.

Volunteers can apply for the positions from 0800 BST on Wednesday until 27 October.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) said the volunteers would be known as Games Makers, because they will "make the games happen".

"We want the best team players in the UK to apply, people who show the same qualities as our athletes including dedication, focus and grace under pressure," said Locog chairman, Sebastian Coe.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the Games Makers had "a vital role to play in ensuring every visitor has the time of their lives".

Sarah Salem, from Hackney in east London, who was planning to apply for the scheme, said: "I have one mission in my life and that's getting involved in the Olympics."

The 60-year-old former nurse said she wanted to volunteer for the Olympics because "it would bring the young, the old, the disabled, and people from different ethnicities together."
"You need to be enthusiastic, passionate, and inspiring to those who will travel from abroad," she added.

A day's volunteering will last eight hours and applicants must agree to work a minimum of 10 days at the Olympics or Paralympics, or a minimum of 20 days to work at both.

Sports, medical, press operations and anti-doping volunteers have been applying for specialist roles since 27 July.

Our volunteers will make the Games happen - we call them London 2012 Games Makers.
Volunteers have been integral to both Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games since they were used for the first time at London 1948. So in 2012, the volunteer programme will be coming home to the city where it all began!

The face of the Games

London 2012 Games Makers will be the face of London 2012, with the chance to show what the UK is all about: excellence, passion and positivity. Set against this truly inspirational backdrop they will build new friendships, develop skills and play an integral role at the heart of the largest event ever staged in the UK.

Games Makers will be given an official uniform to wear during your shifts, which they can keep after the Games as a souvenir.

They'll also be given free meal vouchers - volunteering will be hungry work!

The reality

Games Makers will not be giving trackside massages or firing the starting pistol. Volunteering will be hard work and time-consuming, and we'll rely on our Games Makers every step of the way.

Games Maker roles

Games Makers will undertake a wide range of roles. Many of these may be behind the scenes or may require working anti-social hours. Some may have to work off-site in a warehouse distributing uniforms; others will be outside exposed to the elements for hours on end.

Flexibility

Coordinating up to 70,000 volunteers will be a hugely complex operation for us, so we expect volunteers to be as flexible as possible. Games Makers will not be able to change their shifts to attend events they may have a ticket for, neither can they be rostered with friends or family members.

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