I'm going to trace back the Legacy path, how us Ceremonies Cast Volunteers know each other. Last year, the ceremonies cast were completely split up, as we were all doing different things in the ceremonies roles. After the ceremonies, we used social networking to stay in contact with the main purpose to keep memories alive, share photos, video's info, chit chat as well as mark the historic point of view we were the cast of one of the greatest Olympic Games the world ever hosted. A lot of documents and significant information has been shared, which is geeky but highly relevant and informative as I would not have sort it out and so grateful that someone did.
People have even found flats, jobs, film extra work or joined dance classes, gone to gigs to support fellow cast members, recruited musicians, dancers performers, seen them in plays, hosted cast variety nights, helped with their Uni work or jobs by filling in surveys, giving advice on all kinds of subjects. It’s become a valuable tool to post on as reaches a wide audience to shout out "Hey I am trekking to .... For charity sponsor me"! Even posts support my mates on X Factor, or other talent shows there is a random array of threads. A whole group devoted to recruiting volunteers at a massively vast range of events so as people still come together.
Two ceremonies performers, twins Sarah and Amanda Woods spotted with Pudsey on Children in Need at the Tower of London Ice Rink leading the skate conga on ice. Would I have noticed things like this before my cast involvement? Would I say "hi" to half a dozen friends volunteering at sports events a few months back? I think definitely not, as my network has expanded by thousands of volunteers, it still mind blowing.
I for one have never joined any social site ever like our cast groups ones as would not know where to start not have the initial connection of a common achievement and emotional attachment, shared goals, same training with that the world has seen the final result we were part of that’s still surreal as rarely meet someone outside the cast groups not seen the ceremonies of 2012.
Previously, many of us never really got to know people outside our cast group, as it was too vast an area at the Dagenham mock up stadium site. Thousands of us were taking part, so you tended to get close to your group of 20, which varies again number according to role, but was accurate to drummers lines who came down staircases at Stadium. Then your network spread from those around you in seating areas in changing rooms or you bumped into regularly and their group buddies or in queue for the loo's, or waiting around for hours, we met a lot of people doing that even if a smile or exchange in drink refreshment tents.
Social network is a reliable tool as cast have drifted all over the globe now so it gives those who are not London based a voice and allows people to dip in and out whilst life takes us to different places. The choice to be included in performances or follow what others are doing now still exists.
This is how many of us started to get to know each other and hang out socially, and there is always something to go to. I personally have had to juggle family, friends and housework, life before 2012 as never enough time to do it all, but then I would not want to go back to life before, as I feel I have not even tapped the surface of getting to know others and what potential is out there, of what we can achieve and do. There are possibilities endless with so many diverse individuals and so many willing volunteers.
Written by Josie Coster