Games Maker success leads to more volunteer interest

11:06 25 September 2012

More people are asking about becoming volunteers following the success of the Games Makers programme during the Olympics and Paralympics. File picture: John Walton/PA Wire

More people are asking about becoming volunteers following the success of the Games Makers programme during the Olympics and Paralympics. File picture: John Walton/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A charity serving older people has seen a huge increase in the number of people interested in volunteering who have been inspired by the Games Makers at the Olympics and Paralympics.

WRVS, which has 40,000 volunteers, had around 500 enquiries from members of the public looking to become volunteers at the start of 2012. In July, the month the Olympic Games started, this leapt to 1,343.

The charity is now calling on members of the public to keep the enthusiasm going and consider becoming a volunteer to help others in their community.

David McCullough, WRVS chief executive, said: “It’s great that so many people have been inspired by the fantastic example set by the Games Makers and enquired about joining WRVS.

“We need to maintain momentum and ensure that the legacy of the Games Makers continues to benefit society.

“Volunteering is hugely rewarding and we know that WRVS’ existing 40,000 volunteers get enormous satisfaction from the contribution they make to their communities.

“We would encourage anyone thinking of taking up volunteering to take the plunge and get involved.”

WRVS is looking for more volunteers to help support older people in the community in a variety of roles, from providing company to someone isolated, giving housebound people lifts to the shops, visiting hospital patients and distributing Meals on Wheels.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire at a fireworks warehouse which left two people missing. Staffordshire Police said the two people remain “unaccounted for” following the fire which broke out at the industrial unit at about 5.15pm yesterday. The force said it was in contact with the missing people’s family […]

Read more

To steal the budget store’s own puns, isn’t it a Lidl surprising that their Christmas food is so good?

Read more

Forget boring old human ghosts. If you want to do Halloween on an intergalactic scale, check out the ghosts of these galaxies.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire at a fireworks warehouse which left two people missing. Staffordshire Police said the two people remain “unaccounted for” following the fire which broke out at the industrial unit at about 5.15pm yesterday. The force said it was in contact with the missing people’s family […]

To steal the budget store’s own puns, isn’t it a Lidl surprising that their Christmas food is so good?

These images show the lava’s path from a sky-high vantage point.

Would a prominent calorie label on your booze make you think twice before tanking up?

Quirky London