Volunteers Wanted For Olympic Sailing Events

17 June 2011, 07:40 | Updated: 17 June 2011, 08:06

The application process for volunteers to help with Olympic sailing events in Weymouth has opened.

You can apply now by visiting www.dorsetforyou.com/dorset2012/wpa  

The Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme will allow people to volunteer during the 2012 Olympics, at key locations, in Weymouth and Portland. Weymouth and Portland Ambassadors will steward, marshal, answer questions, give advice and welcome people visiting Weymouth and Portland during Games. The Olympic and Paralympic period for the Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme will run from 26 July – 9 September 2012; a total of 46 days.

Up to 800 volunteers are needed and the application process starts 17 June 2011 and closes 17 October at 20:12pm.

The Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme is the first 2012 host venue volunteer programme, outside of London, to be launched; ahead of other host venues such as Cardiff, Manchester and Lee Valley.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, quotes: “We're delighted to support the Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme, which is a great opportunity for local people, who are passionate about Weymouth and Portland, to get involved during Games time."

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council 2012 Brief holder, Councillor Howard Legg, quotes: Our volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors, provide information and answer any queries that are put to them. This will be a demanding task which they will achieve with full training to supplement their enthusiasm and eagerness to want to help.”

Volunteers must be: 

  1. Enthusiastic about the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
  2. Committed to the Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme.
  3. Passionate about Weymouth and Portland.
  4. 16 years old or over by 31 January 2012

Volunteers will be asked to give 60 hours of commitment over the Olympic and Paralympic period which will be divided into 10 shifts lasting 6 hours.

Sarah Kennedy, leading on the Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme quotes:  “Our Ambassadors  will wear officially branded uniforms, be provided with a bus travel card, meal and refreshments during their volunteer shift and will be acknowledged for their valuable 60 hours of commitment. “

To apply to become a Weymouth and Portland Ambassador visit the online application form at www.dorsetforyou.com/dorset2012/wpa

Successful applicants will be informed by December 2011.

If people require a paper application form then they can pick one up at their local library, complete it and drop it back into their library; who will then send it on their behalf, free of charge. 

If applicants  require the application form in any other format such as brail, audio or easy read please ring 01305 224320 for assistance and quote; WPA.