Throughout 2017, Spirit of 2012 supported Hull as one of its principal partners with a grant of £2.8million. This funded a range of arts and cultural projects as well as Hull’s landmark volunteering programme which saw 2,400 volunteers trained across the year. Between them they delivered 84,000 volunteering shifts – a total of 337,000 volunteering hours.

“Volunteering is at the heart of Spirit’s mission as a funder,” said Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive Debbie Lye. “Hull’s blue-clad army became a great City of Culture success story, proudly and warmly welcoming thousands of visitors to their city and sharing in the transformational effect of Hull’s year in the spotlight. That’s why we’re so happy to continue to fund Hull’s volunteer programme and look forward to watching this amazing movement continue to evolve.”


Hull’s Culture Company, who delivered the City of Culture programme in 2017, has been renamed Absolutely Cultured. Shaun Crummey, Head of Volunteering at Absolutely Cultured, said: “The Hull Volunteers are a huge, enthused, curious, articulate family that has gone from strength to strength. We’re delighted and incredibly proud, not only of what we have achieved, but that this has been recognised by Spirit of 2012 and their generous support. 

He added: “Not only does the new volunteering programme benefit the regeneration of the city, but it’s a great opportunity to meet different people, make many new friends and gain valuable skills and experience. We are keen to welcome new volunteers to our blue family.”

Recruitment for a new wave of Volunteers, who will join those who signed up in 2016 and 2017, opened on 15 May and stays open until Sunday 17 June 2018. Go to


Further information

Click here to visit Hull City of Culture website.