Volunteers will be at the heart of these Games. The 13,000+ volunteers will be one of the largest workforce groups. From those meeting and greeting on the front line to backstage heroes, and specialists like paramedics, the volunteers will shape the experience of those competing and attending. They will be the difference between a good and a great Games.
For Individuals and Communities
Representative and inclusive volunteering
We will prioritise a significant number of places for local volunteers to ensure that our volunteers are representative of region’s people. Working closely with the Jobs and Skills Academy we are making up to 1,000 volunteer positions available for those from priority groups including young people and those who are unemployed.
We want to make becoming a Birmingham 2022 volunteer as inclusive a process as it can be. From communications to the application recruitment process, every aspect is being considered with inclusion and innovation in mind. For example, recruitment selection centres are being designed as welcoming environments rather than a traditional interview process. Support will be provided for those that face significant barriers or who need help with the application/recruitment processes.
To widen the type of people who might consider taking part, we are working with communities, faith leaders, sports clubs, and grassroots organisations so they can play a local role in helping to attract volunteers. Volunteer engagement events will also take place, bringing organisations and volunteers together to find out about the power of volunteering and to connect people from across the city and region.
Establish an alternative, accessible volunteering pathway for young people
Generation 2022 is a pilot project, for young people, which will actively try to involve those unable to participate in the main volunteering programme and those facing barriers or unemployment. We want to provide bite-sized volunteering assignments, inspired by the Games, to boost employability, confidence, and skills.