Games Time Kent Greeters training in Canterbury ahead of Olympics
THE first cohort of Games Time Kent Greeters have begun training in Canterbury to prepare to welcome tourists during the London 2012 Olympics.
Ninety volunteers packed into the Study Centre at Canterbury Cathedral and among them were Jenny Cotterill of Canterbury, Lisa Hassan of Herne, Susan Willard of Herne Bay and David Prisley and Caroline Purkess of Whitstable.
Greeters will provide support and advice to residents and visitors from July 17 to September 9 and will be part of the Torch Relay when it passes through the county next month.
Chief executive of Visit Kent, Sandra Matthews-Marsh, said: "Our team will play a crucial role promoting Kent to visitors during the Olympics.
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"We need to ensure our tourism industry makes the most of the influx of foreign visitors. Our greeters will be on hand at key points to share their knowledge and love of Kent."
Visit Kent is building up a team of 200 volunteers and still has vacancies for more to join. Volunteers must be aged 18 or over with an enthusiasm for the Games, Kent and meeting people. No other skills or qualifications are needed. Full training is given.
Greeters will get a 2012 uniform, backpack, souvenir badge and free travel and refreshments when on shifts. Application forms are at libraries, volunteer centres and council Gateway centres or at www.visitkentbusiness.co.uk/gamestimegreeters