Why do we need volunteers?
The Games, to put simply, would not be possible without them!
They are the blood running through the Commonwealth. They not only help out on the actual days of the events but also before and after the Games. Prior to the Games, they help support in the planning and preparation of the Games.
How many are there this year?
More than 13,000 spirited, dedicated and dynamic volunteers will be the heartbeat of the Commonwealth Games, a community of passionate people coming together to help deliver the biggest sporting and cultural event the West Midlands has ever seen.
With the West Midlands being a community of over 180 nationalities and communities, the “Commonwealth Collective” will represent the diversity, vibrancy and acceptance of our people. The volunteers will be part of the Commonwealth collective to say the least, if not the heart of it. With them being the heart and soul of the Games experience, they will help make lifelong memories and experiences for over 1 billion people, including athletes, officials, spectators, and global audiences.
How many roles are there and what do they actually do?
There will be over 314 different volunteer roles which will require a range of skill sets. And most volunteers will be taught multiple skills/roles. With a minimum of 52 hours of training for the roles.
Some examples of roles include:
- Anti-doping – responsible for the integrity of the sport competition. The team is responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations related to anti-doping.
- Ceremonies – responsible for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; the two most significant non-competition events of the Commonwealth Games.
- Hospitality – responsible from the conception to the event day delivery of hospitality to both sponsors and commercial guests.
- Medical services – provides immediate and necessary health care, delivered by a range of health care professionals who volunteer their time.
- Uniforms – responsible for the design and distribution of uniforms for staff and volunteers, working to ensure everyone is looking their best.