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Volunteer FAQs

• When can I apply to become part of the 2017 Volunteer Team?

Our volunteer portal is already open. You can view current opportunities and register your interest at volunteer.badmintonscotland.org.uk

Opportunities will be advertised from June 2017. The closing date for applications will be August 2017 with interviews taking place towards the end of that month.

• Who can apply to be a part of the 2017 Volunteer Team?

We would like to hear from as many people as possible. If you are interested in volunteering then we want to hear from you! Please note - due to legal restrictions we are only able to offer volunteering positions to those over the age of 16 at the time of the event (Must be born before 21th August 2001).

Please note that although there is no minimum time commitment required to apply for volunteering opportunities at Glasgow 2017 we will look preferably on candidates who are available throughout the duration of the Championships.

• How do I apply to become part of the 2017 Volunteer Team?

Simply go to volunteer.badmintonscotland.org.uk to view opportunities currently available and to register your interest

• When will I hear back?

You will receive a confirmation email from our volunteer support team shortly after you have submitted your completed application. Please note: response can take up to 2 working days.

• When will I know if I have been successful?

Opportunities will close for applicants in August 2017. Shortly thereafter our volunteer support team will be in contact to let you know if your application has been successful.

• Do I need volunteering experience?

There are some roles where experience is required, but we also have plenty of opportunities where enthusiasm and a positive attitude is more important than experience. Basically, if you are interested in volunteering then we would love to hear from you!

• Will the 2017 Volunteer Team get to watch the competition?

The 2017 Volunteer Team will be based in a variety of locations both in and out of the competition venue depending on the role you have been assigned. If you are allocated a role within the competition venue and have sight of the field of play, you will be in a very privileged position, and we would expect you to prioritise your volunteer duties.

• I am a person with a disability; will I be able to volunteer alongside my Support Worker/Personal Assistant?

Here at Glasgow 2017 we pride ourselves on being a truly inclusive & diverse organisation and as such realize your contribution to our events is invaluable. That being said we also realise that there may be restrictions to the type of role you will be able to perform so we would ask you to consider the following when applying for volunteering opportunities:

We would ask that those who require a support mentor or personal assistant to please contact the volunteer support team to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Those who do not require a support worker/ personal assistant should apply as normal, just please be sure to include a brief description of your disability when setting up your volunteer profile on our portal.

• Will you assist the 2017 Volunteer Team with travel to and within Glasgow, Scotland?

We are aware that volunteering can be an expensive business, and we are working on the possibility of helping our volunteers with reasonable travel expenses. However, at this stage we are not in a position to confirm that we can provide a contribution to travel expenses for our volunteers.

If you volunteer to be part of Glasgow 2017 you will be provided with your own unique accreditation and uniform and will be fed and watered every day you are on shift. You will also get the chance to work with some really great people at the highest-profile badminton event in the world.

• Will you be providing and paying for accommodation for the 2017 Volunteer Team during the Championships?

We are aware that volunteering can be an expensive business, but unfortunately we are unable to pay for accommodation for our volunteers.

However, if you volunteer to be part of Glasgow 2017 you will be provided with your own unique accreditation and uniform and will be fed and watered every day you are on shift. You will also get the chance to work with some really great people at the highest-profile badminton event in the world.

• If I am successful and then find I am unable to commit, can I withdraw from the programme?

We would be disappointed to see you go, but of course we understand that circumstances can change and you can withdraw at any time. Before you apply we would ask you to have a think and check your diary to ensure you are available.

• Do I have to be a UK citizen to apply?

No, you do however need to be eligible to work in the UK without a visa.

• Is there an age limit to be part of the 2017 Volunteer Team?

Due to legal restrictions we are only able to appoint volunteers aged 16 or over at the time of the World Championships (must be born before 21st August 2001)

Please note: some roles will have a minimum & maximum age requirement.

• Will you be carrying out any background checks?

All of the 2017 Volunteer Team will be accredited. Depending on your role we may conduct background checks via Disclosure Scotland (http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/).

• Will the 2017 Volunteer Team receive training?

Yes, all volunteers will receive full training prior to the World Championships.

• When will the training begin?

Orientation & Training will take place in June 2017.

• Will I have to do the training?

Yes, training will be compulsorily for all those who wish to volunteer at the World Championships.

• What happens if I can’t attend the training?

There will be a number of training sessions made available for volunteers to attend. If, however, you are unable to attend the scheduled training sessions then we ask that you get in contact with our volunteer support team as early as possible to arrange an alternative. Please note, if we are unable to arrange an alternative training session you will be unable to volunteer

• What time of day will the training sessions be held?

We understand that our volunteers have commitments that put restraints on the time they have available. We will therefore host a number of training sessions throughout the day to try best accommodate everyone.

• What will the training involve?

The training provided will be role specific so may vary depending on what department you are in. Nearer the time you will receive information on what type of training you can expect to receive.

• Will you assist with the cost of travel to the training sessions?

No, transport expenses to training sessions will not be reimbursed.

• Will refreshments be provided during training sessions?

Yes, Refreshments will be available for all our volunteers

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