£450,000 cash boost for Hull 2017 volunteer programme

Published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 by KCFM

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Hull’s City of Culture team has been awarded £450,000 to spend on its volunteer scheme ahead of next year’s celebrations.

The Big Lottery Fund has announced plans to invest the money to support the city’s year in the spotlight by helping to fund its volunteer programme and increase community engagement.

The award is a major boost for Hull 2017’s drive to get as many as 4,000 people from across the city and beyond and of all ages and backgrounds involved in the city’s year of culture.

The volunteers will be involved in as many as 40,000 volunteering opportunities over 600 days. As well as providing a warm welcome, volunteers are already involved in a wide range of activities, from working on major events, like the recent Place des Anges and the upcoming Pride in Hull celebrations and Freedom Festival.

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “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.”

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant-making director, said: “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.”

The Hull 2017 volunteer programme encourages participation through a large outreach and recruitment campaign, which targets every corner of the city and beyond, including groups that historically have been most isolated. The programme launched in March 2016 and will run until January 2018.  Big Lottery Fund’s support begins this month.

Each volunteer receives comprehensive training and a diverse array of placement opportunities, from front-of-house to behind-the-scenes work.

Roles may include visitor information, disability support, translation, tour guides, workshop support, PR and social media, administration, stage management, sound and lighting.

Find out more about volunteering, including details of how to sign up, at www.hull2017.co.uk/volunteer

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Published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 by KCFM

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