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Olympic volunteers given a boost

GAMES MAKERS: London 2012 volunteers have be praised for their efforts

THE MAYOR of London, Boris Johnson, today praised the ‘friendly army’ of Team London volunteers who are helping create a fantastic festival atmosphere by welcoming millions of visitors to the city throughout the Olympics and Paralympics.

The 8,000 strong team of Ambassadors and Games Makers play a vital role in promoting all the exciting events across the city.

The Mayor is aiming to build on the volunteering momentum with the appointment of a new senior adviser for Team London, volunteering, charities & sponsorship.

Veronica Wadley, Former editor of the Evening Standard and chair of Arts Council, London, will help the volunteering legacy continue and focus on the skills and training that volunteer can gain through a wide range of opportunities.

The Mayor said: ‘Our army of volunteers have a huge passion for London and are a fantastic advert for us during the Games. Visitors are saying how friendly and welcoming our city is and I applaudthe Ambassadors for helping create such a wonderful atmosphere.

"I want to build on this amazing energy by expanding our Team London volunteers and I’m confident that Veronica Wadley will be instrumental in delivering more opportunities to everyone interestedin getting involved."

Wadley has worked extensively with young people and is Trustee of The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians and the Northern Ballet. She also advises the Greenhouse Schools Project, a charity which provides sport and dance programmes for teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds and is a Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Wadley said: “London is the most fantastic city, a super-city, with a great future. I have lived in London most of my life, I grew up here, I love it and am absolutely committed to it.

"The Mayor'smission to create jobs and growth will give great opportunities to young people. I will do all I can to make that happen. We want young people to be absolutely at the heart of this.”

Wadley will build on the successful projects of Team London including the Literacy champions helping children with reading. She will work closely with The Mayor's Fund charitable projects which boost education and supportfor children in boroughs with high depravation.

She aims to harness the positive energy and enthusiasm we have seen during the Games and will explore what we can learn from the Mayor Bloomberg's New York City Service which now has over 2million volunteers.

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