Release Date: 23/07/2012
Richmond upon Thames has been overwhelmed by applications from residents keen to do their bit by volunteering around the borough during the Olympics.
An appeal for local volunteers by Richmond Council, new local service Volunteering Richmond and the Metropolitan Police has attracted about 120 applications, illustrating the level of community pride as the borough prepares to host high profile Olympic events like the road cycling and torch relay.
Volunteers will use their local knowledge during the Games to direct spectators to local amenities and help visitors and tourists to have a truly memorable experience of Olympic events in the borough.
They will also help promote local businesses around the borough by giving out maps and local voucher books to spectators with special offers for local shops, restaurants, sporting venues and tourist attractions.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said:
“We’re thrilled with the response to our appeal for volunteers, which has really highlighted the enthusiasm and passion of our residents as we prepare to showcase Richmond upon Thames during the Olympics.
“The local knowledge of our volunteers will be very important as they assist tourists and visitors to navigate their way around the borough, as well as encouraging them to visit our local businesses and impressive array of attractions and venues.”
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