LEEDS 2023 has launched a major volunteer recruitment drive across the city, with more than 1,000 opportunities available for people of all ages and background to help bring what is set to be a transformational year of culture to life next year.

There are a whole range of roles available including stewarding events, supporting artists and working in the LEEDS 2023 HQ or at satellite locations in communities across Leeds. Volunteers can offer as much or as little time as they have available and full training will be provided by the LEEDS 2023 team.

Commented Katie Atkins, volunteering lead at LEEDS 2023: “There’ll be loads of amazing opportunities to get closer to the events during 2023, whether you’re interested in dance, art, theatre or sport and food and drink festivals. You’ll be able to choose the kinds of projects you’re interested in and give as much time throughout the year as you like. Whether you're up for sharing your passion for the city with the public, getting stuck in to shaping our events behind the scenes, or supporting and managing amazing teams of volunteers, we want to hear from people from all across the city, of all ages and background.”

It's very simple to get involved; applicants set up a volunteering account through the LEEDS 2023 website and after submitting their application each person will go through a selection process including meeting the team and attending an induction. Those successful will then be able to choose from a range of volunteering opportunities across the programme.

Adds Katie: “We want to create a community of volunteers for the future, not just for 2023. We hope that by getting involved, and inspired, by LEEDS 2023 we’ll be creating a hub of proud and dedicated people ready to get involved in all sorts of events and showcase the city as a powerhouse of culture.”

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to become a volunteer at LEEDS 2023. No experience required and full training will be given. Register your interest in becoming a LEEDS 2023 volunteer at https://leeds2023.co.uk/volunteer-with-leeds-2023