The Park Champion volunteer programme is delivered by Our Parklife on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation and enables people to participate in the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Volunteers are involved in supporting customer and mobility services, events on the Park and in its venues, conservation and gardening activities, school visits, career workshops and much much more.
The programme promotes best practice volunteering and provides opportunities to learn new skills, build confidence, develop social networks and well-being; as well as empower a wide and diverse group of visitors to get the most from the Park. Our Park Champions with their enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge have continued the spirit of the 2012 Games Makers. In 2017 volunteers gave up over 16,300 hours of the time creating £2,133,000 of value through subjective wellbeing across the programme in four main roles. These included:
- Supporting events
- Helping look after the wildlife, parklands and gardens on the Park
- Providing information and help to Park visitors, including delivering the Park’s Customer and Mobility Services
- Supporting the venues
- Guiding visitors
Individual programmes are delivered by partners who can meet the required standards. Our Volunteer Manager works closely with the LLDC Events Team and other stakeholders who are involving volunteers in their activities to ensure that their opportunities are consistent with the programme, fun, challenging and rewarding, whilst adding real value to the Park.
We are passionate about developing new and exciting opportunities for Volunteers on the Park. As the Park keeps changing we’re always looking for new partnerships. Please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager if you’d like to work with us.
Tailored volunteer opportunities can also be developed in partnership with groups who have specific requirements or needs. This is demonstrated through our bespoke 6 week customer service volunteer programme with the Tower Project – a local community-based voluntary organisation that works with children and adults with a learning, physical or sensory disability or health-related issue. This accredited training programme involved local students volunteering with our Customer and Mobility Service teams, developing their customer service skills and learning about career opportunities on the Park.
If you want to find out more about becoming a Volunteer on the Olympic Park please go to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park web site.
The impact of our volunteer programme
Overall, we estimate our social impact has created over £2.13m of value through volunteering.
But the value is more than economic. All our volunteers are actively involved in shaping the way people visit, work and volunteer at the Park, ensuring local communities feel part of the success of this world-class place.
Within the Our Parklife team three Duty Managers began as Park Champion Volunteers, taking their passion and knowledge of the Park into paid roles delivering customer and mobility services to visitors. One of our conservation volunteers progressed into a paid role with the landscape team.