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Unique opportunity available to volunteer at Birmingham 2022


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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is a fantastic sporting event for the region. It’s also a great opportunity for people to get some once-in-a-lifetime experience working as a volunteer. 

 Around 12,500 volunteers will be needed before and during the Games, and applications ‘go live on Tuesday 1 June. If that sounds daunting, there are several ways to get support with making those all-important applications if you live in Solihull.

 To volunteer, you’ll need to:

  • be age 18+ from 1 January 2022
  • volunteer from 28 July to 8 August, committing to at least eight shifts
  • be able to communicate in English or British Sign Language
  • be eligible to volunteer in the UK and participate in a security risk assessment, so you will need ID such as a birth certificate, driving licence, in-date passport or UK Citizen Card
  • accept the role and venue offered
  • be able to attend required training

 Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport, Cllr Joe Tildesley, said: “Top athletes from 72 countries around the world will compete in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games next summer. This is obviously great news for sports fans, but it doesn’t stop there.


“It’s also a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to benefit from tourism to the region, the cultural programme that supports the Games and of course the thousands of volunteer roles that need to be created. The NEC is one of the venues, so this really is on our doorstep.”


Applications ‘go live on Tuesday 1 June. If that sounds daunting, there are many ways to get support with making those all-important applications if you live in Solihull.

  • The council’s Contact Centre can help you find someone to support you with your application. Email [email protected] or call 0121 704 8001 from Tuesday 1 June.


  • The council’s Community Development Team can give you advice and information about your application. Call 07493 864 780 or email [email protected] from Tuesday 1 June.


  • If you are unemployed or looking at volunteering as a route into employment, the Council’s Employment and Skills Team* can help you with your application and preparing for an interview. Call 0121 704 8076 or email [email protected] from Thursday 3 June. (You might even speak to Paul!)


  • Solihull College is offering essential IT guidance and computer sessions 10 am – 2 pm on Thursday 3 June, Monday 7 June or Monday 14 June at the Woodlands Campus. Call 0121 678 7024 or email [email protected] to book a session.


  • If you live in North Solihull, are unemployed, need access to a computer or help with your application, The Colebridge Trust can also help. Email [email protected] or call 0121 448 0720 (option 1) to speak to the employment and skills team from Tuesday 1 June.


 Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Cllr Alison Rolf, added: “Volunteering at Birmingham 2022 will not be like any other volunteering, and I want to make sure that as many people from Solihull as possible can benefit from this unique opportunity. If this is something you’re not sure about or you’re a bit rusty, please ‘call Paul’ or any teams that can help. This could be the boost to your career that you need – it will also be a lot of fun!”

 To sign up to the B2022 Commonwealth Games mailing list, register at –







Written by: David Watkins

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