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Hull 2017 Volunteer Programme Launches

Today we launch our Volunteer Programme that will offer opportunities across 600 days of activity in the lead up and throughout 2017.

A group of Pioneer Volunteers with Jane Lady Gibson of principal partner Spirit of 2012, Martin Green, CEO & Director of Hull 2017 and Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull 2017 launched the programme at Hull’s Paragon Station. The Pioneer Volunteers present for today’s launch were selected from almost 1,000 people who expressed their interest prior to the official launch, and will be trained to interview and support subsequent volunteers.

The diversity of the project will result in roles ranging from practical event support, to visitor welcome and even volunteer casts for our major outdoor spectacles. Above all else, volunteering with Hull 2017 is a unique opportunity to get a front row seat – play your part of the next major national event and ultimately be able to say “I was there!”.

Members of the public are also being invited to suggest names for the team of volunteers that will make a direct contribution to the success of Hull 2017.  Help us find the perfect name and share your suggestion by completing name suggestion form.

Martin Green, chief executive officer and director of Hull 2017 said:“Hull’s volunteers will play vital roles before, during and after the city’s year of life-changing culture. “This is a huge volunteering programme, with thousands of people required. Every individual selected will be a unique ambassador for the city of Hull and for culture. Their skills and development will play a major part in the legacy of UK City of Culture in Hull, as the programme has been built and designed to last for years into the future.”

Also announced today are a series of 20 roadshows across the entire city and beyond that will help give everyone the opportunity to be part of Hull’s 2017 story, including help for anyone wanting to apply to be a volunteer. The first roadshow will take place on 4 Apr 2016 in east Hull.

At the roadshows, people can find out more about any aspect of UK City of Culture: from how to volunteer, to how to stage an event; how to apply for a Creative Communities Programme grant or, generally, what Hull 2017 will mean for individuals, families, businesses and neighbourhoods. See the full list of roadshow locations and dates – we hope to see you there.

Martin Green, of Hull 2017, said: “From east to west, central to north, these roadshows are the first of many informative and artistic events that will bring UK City of Culture to life in the neighbourhoods of Hull.”

Hull 2017’s citywide programmes of volunteering and community engagement are supported by the Spirit of 2012 Trust, which today confirms funding to the project of £2.85m. Spirit of 2012 now joins Hull 2017 as a principal partner to build on a development grant from last year. Established by the Big Lottery Fund, Spirit of 2012 works to ensure the feelgood factor that radiated from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics is felt across the UK, by connecting events to communities.

Spirit of 2012 Vice-Chair, Jane Lady Gibson, explained: “Spirit is delighted to be a Principal Partner of Hull 2017 and we’re particularly pleased to be supporting this volunteering scheme. It will enable so many members of the community to get involved in their own city’s big moment and, living in the area myself and as a University of Hull graduate, I understand first-hand the positive effect something like this will have on the city and the people of Hull.”

Leader of Hull City Council Councillor Stephen Brady said: “Our year as UK City of Culture is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone in the city – most of all, our residents.

“Yes, the city centre will act as a natural hub for large-scale events. However, the year will deliver culture right across every neighbourhood in the city and, as the 2017 team has said, there will be something for everyone. “Hull’s time in the spotlight will provide a unique opportunity for our residents to not only be in the audience, but to be part of the story, and I look forward to seeing the army of volunteers getting recruited and getting started.”

You can find out full details of the Hull 2017 Volunteer Programme online at hull2017.co.uk/getinvolved/become-a-volunteer and applications are now being accepted from anyone over the age of 16.

Volunteer opportunities are suitable for everyone, from those who want to gain invaluable work experience, to those who would like to meet new people. There is no upper age limit and volunteers do not have to be Hull residents. Volunteers will be recruited in four phases, with applications being accepted up until autumn 2017.