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Games Makers change volunteer view

A third of people wish they had volunteered to help out at last year's Olympics following the success of the so-called Games Makers, according to a study.

A similar number said the Games Makers positively changed the way they viewed volunteering, found a survey of more than 2,000 adults.

Separate research among more than 250 of those who became Games Makers found that almost two-thirds were motivated to carry on doing voluntary work after the Olympics.

An estimated 873,600 volunteering hours have been put back into communities by the Games Makers since September, said the report by Olympic legacy charity Join In.

Despite the increased awareness of volunteering, just 2% of the general public has done more volunteering as a result of London 2012, even though a further 29% say they would like to. Half of UK adults said they did not know where to go to find local volunteering opportunities.

Lord Coe, the Prime Minister's Olympic and Paralympic legacy ambassador, said: "Last summer, the Games Makers showed the positive impact they had on the spirit of the nation.

"Following their show-stealing performance during London 2012, it's fantastic to see thousands of Games Makers continuing this commitment to benefit communities up and down the country day in day out.

"Join In was launched to harness the potential of the Games Makers and to inspire people to help out at sports clubs and community groups around the UK.

"I'm delighted to see that thousands of people have taken part at sports clubs and community projects across the UK, helping to deliver a valuable and inspiring legacy from London 2012."

Alice Hunt, chief executive of Join In, said: "The Games Makers have had a lasting legacy on volunteering in the UK but it's only the start. Our research demonstrates real appetite amongst the public to get involved but they just don't know how to."


From Belfast Telegraph