By Tom Degun

Glasgow 2014_picNovember 4 - With the volunteering process for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games set to open tomorrow, there is likely to be a huge surge in interest from the public according to a new survey.

The research across Scotland shows that over one in four adults in the country has given up their time to volunteer in the past year.

The public attitudes survey also indicates that 26 per cent of adults across the country provided unpaid help to organisations or groups during the past 12 months.

A total of seven per cent of the adults surveyed described themselves as "very interested" in volunteering for Glasgow 2014 following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics, which equates to 180,000 people.

This would be the equivalent of 12 people for every one role.

"We are very encouraged by this survey as it shows there is an appetite among people in Scotland to go out and volunteer, but, while this is positive news, there is no complacency on our part that we will get the numbers we require," said the Glasgow 2014 head of Games workforce Valerie Mitchell.

"We would urge people to visit the website and register their interest now and hope that they begin to think about how they could be involved as a volunteer at Glasgow 2014 and to help make a success of the biggest sporting and cultural event ever to come to Scotland."

ValerieMitchell07-12Glasgow 2014 head of Games workforce Valerie Mitchell is confident there will be big interest in volunteering for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland

A further 17 per cent of those questioned described themselves as being "fairly interested" in volunteering at Glasgow 2014 demonstrating Scotland to be a country where people giving up their time for others is now an established lifestyle choice.

In Glasgow itself the "very interested" figure was 11 per cent, suggesting people within the city are the most keen to lend their help and support.

When the Glasgow 2014 Volunteer Centre formally opens tomorrow, applicants will be required to put forward an initial online registration but they will have to wait until mid-January before they can officially apply for one of the available roles.

An estimated 25,000 people will then be invited for interview between April and the end of the year before the roles are allocated.

All respondents were given a realistic picture of volunteering at the Glasgow 2014 before answering and it will be explained that volunteers will have to give up some of their own time for training and will need to cover travel and accommodation costs, although there will be free public transport around Glasgow venues at Games Time.

From tomorrow, people can register their interest in volunteering by clicking here

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