Module One Training

Casting your mind back to this time last year 2012, I began writing up my London Ambassador Training, starting with Module One. However, the ‘Olympic Experience’ took over. I had to put on hold documenting until now. Last year I got as far as Module One training trip Day 1 and Module One training trip Day 2. So here it continues…

Day 3 – Module One Training 30.03.12

At The Lighthouse

I’m up early to allow myself just over an hour to travel to North Kensington (old style) from the tip of North East London. Something I have to get used to as the distances are far longer here in London, compared to Cardiff. After a walk, a few tubes and another walk, I arrive just after registration starts.

Again we are in The Lighthouse –Terrence Higgins Trust, which makes it easier as I came here for my interview. I know that it is an environment, which is suitable health wise…

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity MCS can make life difficult at times in terms of venues. However, a lady from London Ambassadors has checked through with the venue and they haven’t decorated in the last few month and they offer to air through the room and reduce the amount of cleaning fluids that day.

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A full days training comprising mainly of presentations and teamwork exercises. Working in groups is a highlight as getting to meet others is one of my major motivations for being a London Ambassador.

We have a lot of fun as well as absorbing a large amount to information as regards details of what to expect the coming months: our uniform arrangements, POD locations, teamwork, where London Ambassadors fit in to the bigger picture of the Olympic & Paralympic Games.

I come away full of enthusiasm for the work in the summer!

Tube Travel

Finishing a little earlier than expected, as it is a sunny day and feeling happy that I completed the day health wise, I catch the tube to South Bank to remind myself again of the place I will be volunteering…

Spring At South Bank

View across Thames to Big Ben

Strolling along The Thames to Riverside Terrace Cafe for a cuppa, it’s exiting to think I’ll be a part of this in the summer…

Jubilee Gardens

At this stage Jubilee Gardens was still being re-constructed. By the time we volunteered at the Jubilee it was completed… as were the jubiloo’s!

Blue Easter Egg in the Easter Egg Hunt

Lots of these eggs were dotted about London, they were part of the Big Easter Egg Hunt last year. It is happening again this year throughout the UK and in London, just had a February stint and will be back mid March. Keep up on Twitter @Big Egg HuntUK

Blosson on Trees on South Bank Spring 2012

Close up of People relaxing on Riverside Terrace with a drink

Radio Wales Interview

Screen Shot Good Morning Wales

I was interviewed by Kayley Thomas on 7th August 2012. This was the last day of my London Ambassador Shift at The South Bank Information POD over the Olympics 2012.

It was for Good Morning Wales on BBC Radio Wales aired 7.20am on Saturday 11th August 2012. Good Morning Wales were based in the Olympic Park for 2 weeks and were talking about the different volunteering roles over the Olympic Games.

Many thanks to BBC Radio Wales for the clip. Copyright BBC Radio Wales.

Thames Pageant

Diamond Jubilee

Crowds Gathering Before Thames Pageant

Before Thames Pagent

The day of the Thames Pageant and I arrive along the South Bank just before my afternoon shift. The Big Lunch is already in full swing at PiccadillyFood obviously being the main theme, with many of the local Picadilly business providing special items. Here on the South Bank the crowds are building quickly in anticipation of The Flotilla…

Morning Shift

The Morning Shift LA’s are busy helping out. Although today, most people know where they are going, or at least the direction they are meant to be facing – The Thames!

Thames Pageant

My uniform on and armed with our resourses, the above is a view from outside our Pod. It gets so busy at one point that the Police have to shut off the area by Golden Jubilee Bridges / Hungerford Bridge to let the crowds disperse. This is after that, at 2.30pm when the boats begin to pass…

I don’t get to see much of The Flotilla itself, as there is a crowd of about 6 rows deep in front of us and I am short. But one of the LA’s has remembered to get a couple of the cardboard periscopes that were being given out at Waterloo Station. So most of us spent the next hour or so viewing snippets of The Flotilla through these.

I catch The Royal Barge for about 3 seconds and then the Dunkirk ships. Also hear some of the Celtic style music on the Music Barges. Although due to the general noise we don’t hear much except the foghorns! More info on the types of boats that make up The Flotilla and The Thames Pageant explored by The BBC.

There is still a fair amount of helping to do as there are quite a few elder folk who are cold, lost. Disabled people in need of directing to a more suitable location. Those who want to know the best place to see the Pageant if they are short, 20 minutes before the Queen is due…. unfortunately we are not miracle workers!

Thames Pageant

Later, I make my way up to the Riverside Cafe for a cup of earl grey tea and a chance to sit down. By now the rain has set in and the Pageant is drawing to a close, but I catch a glimpse of the tail end of the Passenger Boats. Most of the crowds by now have dispersed – warming up inside by the look fo the Riverside Terrace Cafe in Royal Festival Hall!

Here are a few time-lapsed photography videos of The Thames Pageant: Time Out, Hello Magazine have one here and here. And Chris Lyes, a London Ambassador on the morning shift has his version.

Thames Pageant

There are slightly different London Ambassador Team combinations each day during the Diamond Jubilee Volunteering and here are some, but by no means all, of the Saturday 3rd June Team. Tired from the rain but still enjoying the work. We also had some of the Young London Ambassadors with their Mentors with us today. The London Ambassadors Programme is also extended to younger people who want to take part.

London Ambassador Pod

Diamond Jubilee

The morning shift London Ambassadors in full swing!

Here To Help. London Ambassador wandering South Bank

Walking (usually in pairs) up and down the South Bank so we are visible to help assist Jubilee visitors and Londoners

Our Ariel Map of Central London

These maps either side of the Pod were very popular with both visitors and Londoners alike. Many liked the fact you got an ariel view of Central London and used it to plan their sightseeing routes that day, their work routes in anticipation of The Games or just have a chat about their knowledge of London.