My favourite thing about being a volunteer is having the opportunity to help bring about change in the city.Gary Crossman Volunteer
As a Hull 2017 volunteer, Gary Crossman, 56, is no stranger to Hull Minster, having volunteered at events such as Noah, one of the Creative Communities projects, and A Hall for Hull with Trois Points de Vue, one of the Look Up projects. The staff at Hull Minister were so impressed with his enthusiasm and hard work, they offered him a job in the cafe.
He said: “Being taken on at Hull Minster was a direct result of being a volunteer. I’ve only been doing the job a week but I love it.”
Gary’s first volunteer shift was on 1 January 2017 and he hasn’t looked back since.
“It’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in this city in my lifetime and I wanted to be a part of it. I did a lot of different type of shifts from performing onstage to standing around in car parks but my favourite was Duckie’s Tea Party – it brought out the best in everybody.
“Hull is full of fantastic people who all have a story and a part to play. My favourite thing about being a volunteer is having the opportunity to help bring about change in the city. I decided to stay on as a volunteer because it’s been so much fun, I don’t want to stop.”