I'm so pleased to lend a hand to Glasgow project

EVERY Glasgow citizen can a vital play a role in bringing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to our city this summer.

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My coverage of the Games has now expanded to promoting inclusivity, diversity and demonstrating how accessible the 20th Commonwealth Games will be as it delivers a sustainable Game for Glasgow and its people.

I was recently approached by Mark O'Neill, Director of Policy and Research at Glasgow Life, who asked if I would lend my support to Glasgow Life's Host City Glasgow Volunteer programme.

The Host City Glasgow is a three-year project led by Glasgow Life to help enhance the potential impact of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on civic pride, volunteering legacy and communities.

The £1.7million project has just been awarded £632,000 by the Big Lottery Fund, with other funding and support provided by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life.

I was delighted to lend my support in whatever capacity to the Host City Glasgow as I know regardless of your disability you can play your part in the forthcoming sporting extravaganza.

It an opportunity to be part of history and a lifetime of memories to treasure.

This view was shared by Mark too who said: "Disabled people are no different from anyone else in wanting to make a difference in society and in having a lot to contribute.

"Unfortunately they get fewer opportunities - and they are too often portrayed as recipients of volunteering rather than contributors.

"The Commonwealth Games is something everyone in Glasgow should have a chance to take part in.

"The programme is designed to make volunteering easy - even for people who have never volunteered before."

The Host City Glasgow team asked me to present alongside TV celebrity, the lovely Carol Smillie.

I was elated to be joining her once again in addressing thousands of the soon to be city volunteers at the Orientation event held at Royal Concert Hall last week. The aim was to tell the Host City Volunteers all about the role they will play during Games time and what a typical day as a Host City Volunteer will involve.

My involvement was to provide an insight into what volunteering means and what opportunities may emerge after the Host City Volunteers programme.

It was much to the delight of Mark.

He said: "Julie's energy and passion for living life to the full is inspirational.

"Given that we can't bottle it and distribute it to Host City Volunteers, the only other option was for them to see Julie in person."

East 40 also made an appearance singing "Let the Games Begin" charity single in aid of UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which has already caught the imagination of hundreds of pupils in the city with its inspiring message.

East 40 is a band made up of schoolchildren from Glasgow's East End and it takes its name from the postcode of the schools and the number of band members.

The song was composed by Glasgow singer-songwriter Jonathan Carr, along with help from members of The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand (pictured) and Frightened Rabbit.

Now I look forward to joining the Host City Volunteers's support team at Glasgow Mela which takes place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June from noon to 8pm at Kelvingrove Park.

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