In 2017, the bespoke uniform will be proudly donned by an army of volunteers, recruited from all over the city and beyond.
The streets of Hull will be flooded with blue, purple and pink on Thursday [22 September] as dozens of our volunteers hand out free season guides as we unveil our City of Culture programme for season one, Made in Hull.
Our programme launch volunteer team will be debuting, new eye-catching uniforms produced by major partners Arco, the corporate and safety garment specialists behind designs for projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
It has been designed to cater for the full range of volunteer roles, from visitor welcome to practical event support, and to be practical and comfortable all year round.
“Our year as UK City of Culture is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I can’t wait to put on my uniform and represent my city. Stepping out in public in my uniform for the first time will be a proud moment.” – Volunteer Lesley Brown
Neil Jowsey, joint managing director of Arco, said: “The team here at Arco has worked tirelessly to deliver the bespoke uniforms for each of the valued Hull 2017 volunteers to wear during the exciting Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme. As a locally based company, Arco is exceptionally proud to be involved in the project, keeping the volunteers comfortable during their duties.”
Phil Batty, director of marketing, communities and legacy at Hull 2017, said: “Our volunteers will play a vital role before, during and after the city’s year of life-changing culture as unique ambassadors for City of Culture. They are the face of Hull and their distinctive outfits will allow them to stand out in a crowd.”
On Thursday, our volunteers will be out and about across the city, offering information, advice and a warm smile to Hull residents and visitors.
They have already proven to be a valuable asset to the city, working at events and cultural activities throughout the summer, and will be critical to the success of Hull UK City of Culture. Anyone over the age of 16 can become a volunteer, and there’s still time to sign up to be part of this exciting and historic year.