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Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Organisations

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which voluntary organisations she has met to discuss their involvement in the delivery and legacy aspects of the 2012 Games; and what the outcome has been of these discussions. (226586)

Voluntary organisations are key to the Government's vision for 2012. I have met a number of them including Cancer Research, Fields in Trust, the Prince's Trust, Sport England, Thames 21, V, Volunteering England, the Work Foundation and the Youth Sport Trust, and have addressed over two hundred representatives of these and other local and national voluntary organisations at various events. These events have informed the Government's ambition for encouraging tens of thousands more young people to give time to their local communities, directly or indirectly, as a result of the Games as set out in the published Legacy Action Plan. More information can be found at ActionPlan.pdf.

I continue to liaise with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games as it develops its recruitment programme for volunteers needed to deliver the Games in 2012, which is to be launched in 2010.