Big Lottery Fund boost Hull 2017 volunteer programme

The Big Lottery Fund today announced that it is investing £450,000 to support Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s volunteer programme and increase community engagement.

The award is a major boost for our volunteering effort, giving us the chance to find more people to volunteer from across Hull and beyond. We’re looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in Hull’s transformational year of culture.

Volunteers are going to be at the heart of the success of Hull 2017 – our aim is to recruit up to 4,000 people who will be involved in as many as 40,000 volunteering opportunities over 600 days.

“A massive thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for this funding, which will help us remove the barriers to volunteering as part of UK City of Culture. It will help us get even more people from right across the city involved in the events and activities taking place over the next 18 months. Hull 2017 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the personal and professional skills that our volunteers are developing will also add to the legacy in the longer term.”

CEO & Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Martin Green

Our pioneer volunteers have already made their mark across the city, volunteering on major events like Place des Anges and Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull – even sneaking into a news report. Keep an eye out for them at the upcoming Pride in Hull celebrations and Freedom Festival 2016.

We’ve designed this volunteering programme to bring long-term benefits to Hull, not only giving volunteers the chance to be involved in one of the country’s most important cultural events, but also giving them the opportunity to learn new skills, build self confidence – and make loads of new friends too.

“So many community organisations such as the Hull volunteer programme are enabling people and communities to grow together bringing positive changes to their lives and futures. It’s wonderful to hear the stories of how through these great projects people have overcome barriers, learned new skills and improved their lives.”

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant-making director

Our volunteering programme launched in March 2016 and will run until January 2018, with Big Lottery Fund’s support starting from this month. There are opportunities for volunteers to get involved in areas right across our activities at Hull 2017, from front-of-house to behind-the-scenes and even on stage. Roles can include visitor information, disability support, translation, tour guides, workshop support, PR and social media, administration, stage management, sound and lighting. While undertaking their roles, volunteers receive continued support, mentoring and ongoing training.

Find out more about volunteering, including details of how to sign up, at