To become a volunteer, first you need to fill in an application form on our volunteer portal. The process takes about 20 minutes. We’ll need your personal details and some ID. You will be able to tell us about your role preferences, and any specific skills and qualifications you have, although you don’t need any formal experience to apply.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the Selection Centre at a location in Birmingham, on a date between September and December 2021. This is your chance to find out more about what volunteering at a global multi-sport event entails, and our chance to find out more about you.
We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful from January 2022, including which role we’ve assigned to you during the Games. Full training will be provided before the Games start, including an orientation event, and training specific to your role and venue. Before the Games, we’ll send you a Commonwealth Collective uniform to wear when you’re volunteering, which you can keep. Then, all that’s left is to prepare to make memories to last a lifetime!
With more than 13,000 volunteer roles, there’s something for everyone: we need drivers, first aiders, meet & greeters, venue preppers, kit carriers, courtside assistants, and everything in between to help keep the Games running smoothly, right across the region.
When you apply to volunteer, you can select three workforce areas that you’d like to volunteer in. Some of the areas you could be volunteering in include:
Event Services: the West Midlands is famous for its warm welcome and you’ll be there at our competition venues and across our host city and towns to meet, greet and give directions to spectators, officials, delegates and athletes.
Accreditation: you’ll help distribute access passes to thousands of athletes, officials, delegates and media.
Transport – Drivers: we need hundreds of drivers to make sure our Games family get where they need to be, when they need to be there.
Birmingham 2022 events are being hosted at venues across the West Midlands region as well as the Lee Valley Velodrome in London. From providing the first hello and the final goodbye, volunteers will be required across these locations to support the Games experience for more than one million spectators and 6,500 athletes and officials. Learn more about our competition venues
Volunteers will also be needed for non-competition venues. This includes the Games Headquarters, the Volunteer Selection Centre, the Uniform and Accreditation Centre and a number of live sites close to the competition venue. Live sites are free-to-access sites around Birmingham, creating a shared space for spectators and non-ticket holders to engage with the Games.
Requirements and Applying
Birmingham 2022 is the Games for everyone and we’re looking for volunteers that reflect the diverse communities of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK.
Volunteers must satisfy the following criteria:
- You must be at least 18 years old by 1 January 2022.
- You must be available to volunteer for the full duration of the Games (28 July – 8 August 2022) period and commit to complete a minimum of eight volunteer shifts;
- You must be able to speak and read English or communicate using British Sign Language (BSL);
- You must be eligible to volunteer in the UK;
- You must agree to and pass relevant security risk assessment checks;
- You will be required to accept the volunteer role and venue you are offered;
- You must complete and attend all required training.
You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience to apply to be a volunteer. If you have any specific skills or qualifications, you can let us know in your application and we’ll do all we can to assign you to a role that’s relevant to your experience.
- We welcome applications from people who also speak additional languages, and you can let us know about this in your application.
More information on youth volunteering will be available later this year.
There are a couple of things you should have close by when completing your volunteer application form to make it as easy as possible:
- You will need to have your ID document(s)
- Be ready to upload a headshot photo – this can be an existing photo saved on your device. It should meet the requirements for passport photos.
- If you are applying for a medical volunteer role, you’ll need to upload the relevant qualifications. More detail can be found in the Medical FAQs below.
- Your clothing size – we’ll be providing uniforms for volunteers.
For registration, applicants need one of the following:
For UK Nationals:
- driving licence (photocard only)
- citizen card
- birth certificate
- driving licence (paper only)
For non-UK Nationals:
- passport only
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Volunteer Selection Centre in Birmingham between September and December 2021 for around one hour, to discuss your application in more detail.
Successful applicants will then attend a minimum of three training sessions:
- Orientation training
- Role specific training
- Venue specific training
- Leadership training (only required for some roles)
You must be available to volunteer for the duration of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (28th July to 8th August 2022), and commit to, and accept, a minimum of eight shifts.
The length of your shifts will be dependent on the role you are assigned and the competition schedule. A shift will be on average between six and ten hours. The health and safety of volunteers is paramount, therefore length of time between shifts will be managed and the relevant breaks during shift will be enforced.
We would love for as many people from the region as possible to be involved in the Games, but volunteers do not have to be a permanent resident in Birmingham or the West Midlands. During the Games you will need to be able to organise your own travel to the region and source your own accommodation for the duration of the Games, as well as be available to attend the Selection Centre and training prior to the Games.
We also require volunteers for the track cycling competition at the Lee Valley Velopark in London, on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
International volunteers are welcome to apply, but you must have the appropriate right to volunteer in the UK and will have to source your own travel and accommodation. For the most appropriate visa and eligibility criteria for your nationality please refer to the Government Department of UK Visas and immigration website, or contact your embassy.
All applications will be on an individual basis and considered based on the skills, experience and preferences of each individual applicant.
We can’t specify yet which role you’ll be asked to perform, the location or who you’ll be volunteering with, but we can guarantee that you will make lots of new friends and unique memories on the journey.
However, please don’t let that stop you from getting as many friends, family and colleagues as you can involved and applying alongside you.
We will attempt, wherever possible, to schedule your volunteer shifts so that you can attend a Birmingham 2022 event that you have purchased tickets for. However, if your ticket falls on the same day as your volunteer shift, you will be required to attend your shift.
We cannot guarantee any applicants the role they will be assigned, but you will be able to indicate your preferences on your application form. We will endeavour to assign positions that meet with your preferences and experience, however given the volume of applicants and roles this cannot be guaranteed. All volunteer roles are critical and have been designed to ensure maximum contribution and enjoyment for the individual.
We are confident that Birmingham 2022 will take place. We are ever mindful of the challenging and unpredictable times, but we still have more than 12 months to go before the Games start, and time is firmly on our side. We will continue to monitor the evolving global situation, work with leading public health experts, and learn from other major UK and international events that will take place before Birmingham 2022.
With such a major event where we are delivering 19 different sports in 14 different venues, plus a six-month regional culture programme, we believe that we’ll continue to need 13,000 volunteers.
We’re constantly monitoring the situation and will adapt if we need to but right now the search is on for 13,000 people to help deliver a fantastic Games.
The safety of everyone involved in Birmingham 2022, including all of our volunteers, is our number one priority.
We’ll be following Government guidance at all times to ensure that all of our face to face interactions for the volunteer programme, whether that be at our selection centres, our training sessions or at Games time, will be COVID secure.
We have a team of specialists that is constantly monitoring the situation in regard to the pandemic and they are connected to public health and medical advisors from local and national government, so we are very well positioned to quickly react and adapt, should we need to.
It’s important we’re able to meet all of the applicants we select in person, as we want to get to know you and give you a chance to get to know us better too. We’ll be ensuring that we follow all the latest guidelines when preparing the facilities we’ll use for selection centres and training, so they will all be COVID secure.
The current plan is for all in-person training to take place in Birmingham and the region. This is especially important for our venue specific training, as it will give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the location where you will be volunteering. The face to face sessions will be complemented by materials we’ll share online, to help get all of our volunteers prepared for training and the Games itself.
Volunteers will not receive free tickets to any of the Birmingham 2022 events. You are welcome to apply for tickets, and we will attempt, wherever possible, to schedule your volunteer shifts so that you can attend a Birmingham 2022 event that you have purchased tickets for.
Food and beverages/refreshments will be provided to you when you’re on shift during your allocated break. We will be taking dietary requirements during the application stage to cater to Volunteers’ needs.
No accommodation will be provided to volunteers. All volunteers are responsible for arranging, and paying for, any accommodation they may require before or during the Games.
Volunteers will receive free public transport on trains, buses and trams to and from venues in the West Midlands when on shift during Games time. You will not be reimbursed for the cost of using a private car or any other mode of transport to attend your shifts.
There will be a separate transport plan for volunteers attending shifts at the Lee Valley Velopark in London.
Birmingham 2022 is unable to provide childcare for volunteers.
Volunteers will be stationed in a range of locations around Games venues and a small number may be able to see events taking place, although the primary consideration will be on the role you are performing. The majority of volunteers won’t be based on the field of play and will be unlikely to see sporting competition as it happens.
Yes, all volunteers will receive a uniform prior to the Games, including trousers, tops, a rain jacket and head wear. You will need to wear your own shoes. The uniforms are made for the volunteers which you will get to keep as a lasting memory of taking part in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The uniform will also have a matching headscarf if you wish to wear it, but it is not a requirement – volunteers can wear their own headscarves.
Yes, we will have facilities to cater for this at every venue.
Yes, everyone is welcome to apply to volunteer for Birmingham 2022. We can make reasonable adaptations to volunteer roles to ensure that those with accessibility requirements are able to volunteer.
Yes, you can tell us about any additional requirements you may have in your application.
Yes, please let us know in your application. As well as assisting you during your role, we welcome your companion to attend your volunteer interview, training, and all other parts of the volunteer process.
You do not need to know your companion’s name when applying. We will only ask for your companion’s details if a role has been offered to you.
Yes, if you require the form in an alternative format, please contact us through the enquiry form on our website. Look out for the ‘help’ button at the bottom of the page and submit an enquiry. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Yes, you are more than welcome to apply. Please let us know in your application if you plan to bring your assistance dog.
Yes, for those who communicate using British Sign Language (BSL), as requested we will provide interpreters during volunteer interviews, or you can bring your own, but please let us know in your application form. We cannot provide an interpreter during the role at Games time.
If you or someone you know requires any help accessing a computer or Wi-Fi to complete the application form, you can use the below links to locate a local library where you can book a computer.
You can also use the government website to find public computer access in your local area.
In addition, the Spring 22 Community Hub in Hamstead, Birmingham will function as a volunteering application hub from 10-17th June 2021.
As well as access to computers and the internet, the hub will provide support and guidance with volunteering applications.
The Spring 22 Community hub is located at:
Spring Housing, 22 Old Walsall Road, Birmingham, B42 1DT (next to the Shell Petrol Station)
How to get there:
No 16 bus (from Birmingham City Centre) stops opposite the Shell petrol station.
No 46 (West Bromwich ) and No 424 Stop in nearby Hamstead Village.
Hamstead train station is a 5-minute walk from the community hub.
Yes, please let us know of any additional requirements you have in your application. We will ensure that your role matches your strengths, skills, and any requirements.
First aid trained volunteers will be required at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games competition and non-competition venues. All first aid volunteers must have a current first aid certificate (current at Games time). If you have a first aid qualification, please make a note of this on your application form.
We are looking for volunteers with a variety of medical experience and qualifications. We require doctors, including specialists in sports and exercise medicine, pre-hospital care, emergency and primary care physicians. We also require physiotherapists, sports massage therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. A range of nurse specialists, paramedics and first responders, as well as radiographers, sonographers, optometrists, optometry dispensing technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, sport dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists, medical administrators and other support roles will also be required.
Our medical volunteers will be involved in all aspects of the Games experience, from athlete care through to spectator first aid. Depending on your experience and qualifications, we will place you in an appropriate role and location.
If your profession requires registration, you must be registered to practice in the UK to be considered for a medical or health professional volunteer role.
You’re welcome to apply but you will be considered for a generalist volunteering role instead of a specialist role.
Opportunities exist in several roles for health care students including medical students. We encourage students at all stages of their training to apply, where the medical team will be able to review your application in full.
Birmingham 2022 does not provide CPD or CME points. You will need to discuss with your educational body. However, if you require supervision as a trainee, we cannot provide this either. You will need to seek approval from your educational body and present this to us.
If your profession or qualifications require you to have professional indemnity insurance to do your work, you will need to ensure it covers you to work at the Games. The organisation also procures insurance to provide cover to some degree but require you to have your own professional indemnity insurance for a minimum of £5 million.
This will be reviewed once the certificate is uploaded; please follow the instructions on the application form where you will have the opportunity to upload your certificate, as well as provide context to your experience and qualifications.
We are looking for enthusiastic, diverse and motivated individuals to help with the planning and preparations of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The majority of our pre-Games volunteer opportunities will be based at the Volunteer Selection Centre in Birmingham between September and December 2021, and will be responsible for welcoming volunteer applicants, managing check in operations and conducting the interviews themselves.
Pre-games volunteers play an integral role in the launch of the games, where they get to take part and help with all the behind the scenes planning for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Please indicate on the application form if you are interested in becoming a pre-Games volunteer.
Pre-Games Volunteer Selection Centre volunteers are required to do a minimum of one shift a week over a three-month period.
Pre-Games volunteers do not need any specific qualifications. Anyone can apply if they meet these requirements:
- You can commit to one shift per week between September and December 2021
- You can source your own accommodation and transport
- You complete the relevant Security Assessment reference check with regards to the pre-Games role
- You can demonstrate the skills and experience appropriate to the role
- You are aged 18 as of 1 January 2021
- You complete all required training
- You can speak and read English and/or communicate using British Sign Language (BSL)
You can apply for pre-Games roles, Games-time roles, or both. Pre-games volunteers will receive a polo shirt to wear during their shifts which they can keep.
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