We are a big, friendly, enthusiastic family of around 2,500 volunteers, supporting arts, culture and heritage across Hull and East Yorkshire.

Our iconic blue-coated volunteer programme began back in 2016 to support Hull’s incredible year as UK City of Culture. 

Now called HEY! Volunteering, our story continues as we strive to improve lives and experiences through volunteering in Hull and East Yorkshire.

  • We provide volunteers with high quality opportunities to support the city and region they love.
  • We support organisations, venues, and projects mainly in arts, culture, heritage across Hull and East Yorkshire with skilled and experienced trained volunteers.
  • We invest in volunteers, giving them the skills and confidence to get out into their communities and share their infectious positivity and enthusiasm. 
  • We improve access and bridge the gap between arts, culture and heritage and hard to reach communities in our region.
  • We believe that working together makes us greater than the sum of our parts. 

 Our volunteers represent all that is fantastic about Hull and East Yorkshire. They are proud ambassadors, making meaningful connections with people and their places, boosting pride in our region. HEY! Volunteers are the friendly faces, the knowledgeable voices and the enthusiastic welcome. Quite simply, they add a special kind of magic to everything they get involved in.

You can see our volunteers supporting a whole range of different activities, from pop-up art events and installations, outdoor festivals, mass participation, performing opportunities, community art projects and much more. 

Some of the places we support include: 

  • Humber Street Gallery
  • Freedom Festival
  • The Deep
  • Hull Fair
  • Ferens Art Gallery
  • The Big Malarkey Children’s Literature Festival
  • Heritage Open Days
  • Artwaves Festival 
  • Streetlife Museum family events
  • Humber Street Sesh
  • Hull 10K and half marathon
  • Maritime Museum
  • Beverley Treasure House
  • Hull Pride 
  • Hull Truck
  • Absolutely Cultured events
  • Cottingham Day

Funded and delivered by

Smile Foundation Hull CVS, community and voluntary services East Riding of Yorkshire Counsil Hull City Counsil
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