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Commonwealth Games Volunteering

Are you ready to play your part in the Games?

What you need to know

Over 13,000 volunteers will support the delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games taking place from 28 July to 8 August 2022.

There will be opportunities at venues in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. Volunteering roles will many and varied. Majority of the roles will not require any previous experience.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is the ‘Games for Everyone’. We’re looking for volunteers from every community across the West Midlands to represent our diverse region on the global stage.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement. Help make a difference, meet new people, be part of a community, learn new skills, enhance your CV, take on a challenge and have fun.

Volunteers will:

  • travel for free within the West Midlands
  • receive free food and drink on the days that they have shifts
  • get a unique Games uniform

How to apply

The online application is now open and will take around 20 minutes to complete. You will need to have the following ready to complete it.

1. One of the following ID documents

For UK Nationals:

  • passport
  • driving licence (photocard only)
  • citizen card
  • birth certificate
  • driving licence (paper only)

For non-UK Nationals:

  • passport

2. A headshot photo

This can be an existing photo or can be taken while filling out your form. As long as it meets the requirements for passport photos.

3. Your clothing size

Uniforms will be provided for volunteers.

Volunteer criteria

Volunteers must:

  • be at least 18 years old by 1 January 2022;
  • be available to volunteer for the full duration of the Games (28 July – 8 August 2022) period and committed to complete a minimum of eight volunteer shifts;
  • be able to speak and read English or British Sign Language;
  • be eligible to volunteer in the UK;
  • agree to and pass relevant security and background checks – further information will be provided when applications open;
  • be required to accept the volunteer role and venue you are offered;
  • complete and attend all required training

Get support with the application

Additional support for young people. If you are 18 to 30 years old and are not in education, employment or training, you can get further support through our National Lottery funded ‘Stand Out’ programme.

Taster sessions at local adult education services. Taster sessions at local adult education services. Taster sessions will be held in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton (online and in person). These will provide:

  • more volunteering information
  • help you to complete the application form
Internet access via libraries. If you do not have internet access you can get access via a local library link:

Timeline (dates may be subject to change)

  • 1 June 2021 - Applications open 
  • September to December 2021 - Interviews at Volunteer selection centre
  • January 2022 - Roles offered 
  • April 2022 - Training delivered  
  • June 2022 – Uniforms delivered 
  • June to July 2022 - Accreditation collected 
  • July 2022 - Games and shifts start