About the Games

Volunteer FAQs

If you have any questions about volunteering for the Guernsey 2021 NatWest International Island Games, you should hopefully find the answer here.

Q. Will all volunteers need to be police checked?

A. No, although DBS checks will be required for certain roles depending on their nature and this will be made clear on the Role Description for that role.

Q. I've registered an interest in volunteering does that mean I will automatically be accepted, or will there be a vetting process?

A. We will be undertaking a vetting process, depending on the role to be undertaken and will not be able to confirm any volunteering roles until this is done. For Games Makers (those volunteering during the event only), this will involve a more detailed application process and a face-to-face meeting (which could be by Skype etc. if the volunteer doesn’t live in Guernsey). We don’t anticipate doing this until September 2020. 

Q. How old do you need to be to volunteer?

A. 16 on 1 January 2021, although we will also be running a youth volunteering programme through schools also.

Q. Is there an upper age limit to volunteer?

A. No

Q. Do all volunteers need to be available throughout the week of the Games?

A. There will be a variety of long and short-term volunteering opportunities. For those volunteering during the Games themselves, we require a minimum commitment of 4 shifts of 6 hours each during the Games. 

Q. How will volunteers be communicated to?

A. Once you register with us, you will receive regular progress reports and notification of specific roles being recruited for. Once approved in a role, volunteers will receive regular communication through closed online media platforms (such as email, Facebook groups and WhatsApp). 

Q. Will the volunteers receive any special uniforms/branded kit?

A. Yes, all volunteers will receive a minimum of 2 or 3 tee shirts and a cap which they may keep. 

Q. I registered online but have not received any acknowledgement and do not appear to be receiving your Volunteers eNewsletters?

A. Please check your email spam or junk filters on your email provider in the first instance. If you find our emails there, please add to your “safe sender” list. If not, please contact us at or telephone 01481 711822. 

Q. Do you have to be a Guernsey resident to apply to be a volunteer?

A. No we welcome everyone, although if we have too many volunteers for the required roles, Bailiwick of Guernsey residents will take preference. Certain official roles within sports especially will be open to all. Volunteers outside Guernsey will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and ensuring they meet and restrictions or Visa requirements should they apply. 

Q. Is there a deadline for registering to be a volunteer?

A. YesVolunteer registrations close on 30th September 2020. 

Q. What roles will volunteers be given?

A. Most of the workforce delivering the Games will be volunteers, so we have a wide range of roles providing great learning and experience opportunities covering all aspects of event and sports management covering transport, infrastructure, retail, stewarding, first aid, welcome teams, administration, people management etc.  

Q. Can you volunteer for just a few days during the games, or do you need to be available for the whole week?

A. Yes, you will be asked to specify your availability although we require a minimum commitment of 4 shifts of 6 hours each (these may be more flexible) to ease our administration etc. 

Q. Do you have a choice of what you’d like to volunteer for?

A. Yes, you will be asked to highlight specific roles you are interested in, although we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to satisfy this for individual requests. We will however make every effort to do so. 

Q. If I have lived in, or know a particular visiting island well, can I request to be a volunteer supporting that Island (the Attache role)?

A. Yes, knowledge and experience of an island and/or any languages are a great benefit.  Please highlight this on your registration of interest and we will endeavor to match your preference, although this cannot be guaranteed.

Q. I see that you require drivers. Will I be able to use my own car and if so, will I have to change the insurance?

A. We may have a small pool of vehicles available, but volunteers are most likely to be asked to use their own vehicles. You should check your own insurance policy, but most usually cover occasional use for events and activities like the Games. We are presently looking at the best way to compensate volunteers for costs such as fuel they occur and will confirm shortly.  

Q. Will I be given training and if so what kind and when will it take place? 

A. Yes, all volunteers will be required to undertake basic training in first aid, event security and “welcome to Guernsey” hospitality session. Additional training may be required for specific roles and this will be advised at the time of allocation. There will be a choice of dates where possible.

Q. What if I am not available for the training dates? 

A. Our intention is to offer at least 3 dates and to meet the availability of volunteers, however, the basic training is mandatory and you will not be able to volunteer unless you have attended the required sessions.

Q. I don't have any annual leave left.  Do employers let their staff take time off for the Games? 

A. Many companies and organisations are supporting the Games in a variety of ways, including supporting staff to volunteer. Please speak directly with your employer in this regard. 

Q. I have a disability. Can I still volunteer? 

A. Most certainly, we welcome everybody to volunteer with Guernsey 2021 and reasonable adjustments will be made wherever practical 


If we have not answered your question, please contact us at: 

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Guernsey NatWest International Island Games 2021 please register your interest here.


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