Greenwich 2012 Volunteering

…..Who made up the Greenwich 2012 Volunteers? Greenwich 2012 Volunteers consisted of people living, studying or working in Greenwich. People who know Greenwich and wanted to be part of representing and promoting the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the world with one uniting inspiration, to be involved in the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.600 people applied for only 200 volunteer places. Recruitment and training was delivered by Volunteer Centre Greenwich & the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The roles that applicants were successful in filling were mentoring roles (mentoring the under 18’s), Team Leader roles (co-ordinating and leading teams of 2012 volunteers) and Greenwich 2012 Volunteers (providing all the important facts and information about The Royal Borough of Greenwich).  All making up THE GREENWICH 2012 VOLUNTEER TEAM.

600 people applied for only 200 volunteer places. Recruitment and training was delivered by Volunteer Centre Greenwich & the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The roles that applicants were successful in filling were mentoring roles (mentoring the under 18’s), Team Leader roles (co-ordinating and leading teams of 2012 volunteers) and Greenwich 2012 Volunteers (providing all the important facts and information about The Royal Borough of Greenwich).  All making up THE GREENWICH 2012 VOLUNTEER TEAM.After interviews, training and orientation sessions, the Greenwich 2012 Volunteer’s (looking smart and eye catching in their bright red uniforms) were ready to take up their volunteering posts across the three Greenwich Olympic venues – The Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, North Greenwich Arena and Greenwich Park.

The Greenwich 2012 Volunteer role provided help for visitors to get to and from the venues, advised visitors on travelling around Greenwich and promoting the many other interesting things to see in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. These include our museums, parks, festivals and fantastic places to eat and drink.

What a fantastic month it was! Who knew that the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympics Games would be so successful, capturing the imagination of Londoners and people nationwide! Greenwich was packed with visitors from all over the world and local people all enjoying the atmosphere of London 2012.

There was certain sadness in the air when the Paralympics Games finished and all the staff and volunteers went back to life without the 2012 Games.  But, the unveiling of Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory at Woolwich Fire Power, (the only Olympic statue to be on both sides of the hemisphere with the meridian line running through the centre of the statue and of course the Greenwich 2012 Volunteer Recognition Celebration that took place on 19th September gave everyone a chance to come back together and celebrate all the hard work that took place over this unforgettable 2012 summer months.

Cllr David Grant, the Mayor of Greenwich attended the celebration to hand out certificates to all the Greenwich 2012 Volunteers. Speeches from Sandrine Flower and Michelle Martin were emotional –  there was a real sense of something special finally coming to an end.All Greenwich 2012 Volunteer were presented with London 2012 relay batons and thank you letters from The Right Honourable David Cameron, given as precious mementos for the hard work they put in to assist in ensuring the success of the Greenwich 2012 Programme.So now what? Well, now the buzz has died down, we look to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  To continue the sense of community pride and togetherness, Greenwich 2012 Volunteers will go on to volunteer with other organisations.  Are you inspired by the Greenwich 2012 volunteers?  You can get involved too!  Volunteering is for everyone and brings many benefits to you for the time, dedication and effort you put in.  Seize the day! The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games has shown us all what can be achieved when we all come together! Click Here to look for volunteering opportunities.