Celebrating the Hull 2017 volunteers

Published: Thursday 1st June 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is the start of Volunteers’ Week. We spoke to Shaun Crummey, Head of Volunteering at Hull 2017, to find out about opportunities in the city.

Volunteers’ Week is all about celebrating the difference that these people make to every community across the country.

The Hull 2017 volunteers have become the lifeblood of this year’s arts and culture. These smiley blue-shirted individuals welcome visitors with open arms at Paragon Interchange and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of exciting events.

“We have tried to provide a healthy variety of opportunities throughout 2017,” explains Shaun. “This caters for numerous experiences, whether our volunteers want to work in a general front of house role or take on something more specific.”

The Volunteer Programme has worked closely with production teams and venues to develop opportunities that are beneficial to both the events and the individuals:

“It’s crucial that our volunteers have a positive and valuable experience with us,” adds Shaun.

Volunteers are offered shifts and can select those that they are interested in the most, fitting them around their schedules.

“Some are interested in the fine art events, others want to work with children, and many are keen to get involved in the outdoor activities.”

Meanwhile, the amount of time you donate is very flexible too:

“Many have moved away from Hull and returned purely because of this year. They’re now living and breathing City of Culture,” enthuses Shaun.

“Some people work 40-50 hours a week and will dip in and out, volunteering any spare time they can afford.”

A lot of newbies have also been attracted to the programme, many of whom have never before had an interest in arts and culture:

“We’ve got a wide range of people on our team, from lifelong career volunteers to those who are just starting.”

Shaun describes the Volunteer Programme as a platform for positive, safe experiences:

“It’s a way to express yourself and celebrate your city. It’s a place where people can be themselves.”

Whilst the last round of applications to volunteer for Hull 2017 is now closed, Shaun is eager to continue the great work that this year’s volunteers have done so far.

The team works closely with pre-existing initiatives within the city to promote external opportunities to its audience. With thousands volunteering for the City of Culture festivities, there’s no doubt that some of them will want to continue their work beyond 2017.

“We don’t want to detract from the fantastic volunteering that is already going on in Hull,” Shaun maintains. “Via various platforms, we advertise additional opportunities for our volunteers to get involved in.”

If you’re interested in volunteering opportunities beyond 2017, contact the Hull 2017 Volunteering Programme at volunteering2018@hull2017.co.uk with your name and contact number.

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Published: Thursday 1st June 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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