Giving a little bit back

So many of the fantastic events that happen in Hull are powered by volunteers. From concerts and exhibitions to festivals and workshops, Hull’s passionate volunteer workforce are involved in almost everything.

Chances are, you’ll have spotted one or two of our Hull 2017 volunteers out and about this year. With over 2,500 of them proudly wearing their blue uniforms, they’re hard to miss!

Sometimes volunteering means pointing the way or offering friendly advice to the public, but it can also include offering a helping hand behind the scenes too. You may never see the volunteers whose valuable work has helped to make an event happen, or they might be centre stage as the star of the show. Either way, without them your experience wouldn’t be the same.

As part of our Make It Happen campaign, we’re encouraging people to get involved with culture in new ways, and volunteering is a brilliant way to get started. Volunteering doesn’t just benefit the public or the organisation you’re working with. Building confidence, feeling part of a community, making a difference, learning new skills, and (most of all) having fun – these are just a few of the benefits that come with being a volunteer.

The Hull 2017 volunteers have had a busy year, but we’re not the only ones in Hull and the surrounding areas offering volunteer opportunities. Organisations across the city and beyond are calling out for volunteers and you can find a host of opportunities on the Hull Community and Volunteering Services and East Riding Voluntary Action Services websites.

To get you started, we’ve rounded up just five of the many brilliant organisations who would love your help.



With 5 brilliant museum and gallery sites to its name, East Riding of Yorkshire Museums Service has a whole range of opportunities for volunteers. Whether you fancy the Treasure House and Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley Guildhall, Skidby Mill, Sewerby Hall or Goole Museum, you could get involved in anything from room stewarding to exhibition research and preparation.

You won’t need to make any big commitments, no experience is needed and training can be provided, so it’s a great way to dip your toes into the world of volunteering.



With thrilling theatre productions from some of the best names on the scene, Hull Truck runs a slick operation, with volunteers playing a hugely important role in the theatre’s success. If you’re enthusiastic about theatre, have a few hours to spare and love meeting the public you could become part of the front of house team, greeting theatre-goers, checking tickets and guiding people around the venue.



Set within historic grounds featuring stunning woodland and beautiful architecture, Burton Constable Hall is the perfect place to start your volunteering journey. Relying heavily on volunteers to open its doors to thousands of visitors, roles at the Hall include interacting with visitors, acting as personal tour guides and supporting exhibition projects.

With a chance to learn more about this beautiful house and experience some intriguing exhibitions first-hand, this volunteer opportunity is one-of-a-kind.



Broadcasting on 107.4FM since 2015, Hull Kingston Radio is a station run by the community, for the community, and they are always on the lookout for volunteers. Whether you’ve got the technical know-how, a voice for radio or you have a background in marketing, you could be a part of Hull Kingston Radio’s quest to become the first community station in the North to broadcast on DAB.



Run by a small team of volunteers, Hull Independent Cinema want to grow the art house, world, independent and short film scene in Hull, with big plans for a new venue where people can hang out, learn about and produce films. So if you’re passionate about film or just want to give a bit of your time, you could be part of this exciting project that may just see Hull’s film scene reach new heights.


Discover more about our Make It Happen campaign, providing simple ways for you to make small changes and explore culture in new ways during 2017 and beyond.