Volunteers prepare to welcome the world to Kent
21 June 2012
The first cohort of Games Time Kent Greeters has begun training
ahead of their role in welcoming the world to the county for the
London 2012 Olympics.
The Study Centre at Canterbury Cathedral was the venue for 90
volunteers, including 19 from Pas de Calais who have joined up with
Visit Kent to jointly promote the two regions, to begin working
towards the celebrations surrounding the Olympics.
Greeters will be on hand to provide support and advice to residents
and visitors from July 17 to September 9. They will play an
essential role along the route of the Torch Relay, including the
special events and overnight stops at Dover and Maidstone, and at
key transport hubs such as Dover, Ebbsfleet and Sevenoaks during
the Olympics and Paralympics.
“Our team of Games Time Kent Greeters will have a crucial role to
play in promoting Kent to visitors during the period of the
Olympics,” said Sandra Matthews-Marsh, Chief Executive of Visit
“We need to ensure that the county’s tourism industry makes the
most of the opportunities presented by the expected influx of
foreign visitors, to make sure they are fully aware of just what
Kent has to offer in terms of attractions to visit, our historic
towns and beautiful countryside and coast, and places to stay away
from the bustle of London.
“Our Greeters will be on hand at key points around the county and
will share their expert knowledge of, and love for, Kent to
helpmake that happen.”
The training will equip the volunteers with information on Kent,
the Olympic venues and what’s on where, travel information and how
to interact with visitors.
“Our Games Time Kent Greeters will be the first impression many
visitors have of the people of Kent,” said Sandra. “Many of those
who have been accepted for the roles already have a proven track
record in volunteering and working with the public, and the
training is designed to hone those skills.”
Visit Kent is looking for at least 200 Games Time Kent Greeters,
and there are still places available.
Volunteers need to be over 18 years old with an overriding
enthusiasm for the Games, the county and meeting new people. No
specific skills or qualifications are required and full customer
service training will be given including access to a fun, online
Welcome to Kent training programme.
In return for giving their time for free, Games Time Kent Greeters
will be part of a group of like-minded people, benefit from
certificated training opportunities, receive free travel and
refreshments for volunteering shifts, a free official 2012 uniform
and backpack, and a souvenir 2012 pin badge.
The project is funded by Kent County Council’s Sport, Leisure and
Olympics Service, and is delivered in partnership with Voluntary
Application forms are available from libraries, volunteer centres
and council Gateway service centres across the county. You can also
apply online at www.visitkentbusiness.co.uk/gamestimegreeters.