Become a Mayflower Maker

Mayflower Maker Induction session

What are Mayflower Maker Volunteers?

Mayflower Makers are local people who will act as ambassadors for Plymouth and the Mayflower 400 commemorations

As ambassadors of Mayflower 400, Mayflower Makers are raising awareness of the commemorations while helping the people of Plymouth and beyond to participate in the cultural events programme.

Volunteers also provide support for a whole host of community activities within the areas of Sport & Wellbeing and Arts & Culture as well as the Mayflower Trails and the Elizabethan House.

What's involved?

What does the role involve?

  • Share the Mayflower story in communities,  workplaces, pubs and supermarkets
  • Promote Mayflower 400, letting residents know about the great events taking place across the city
  • Help get the city get ready for the commemoration (DIY, planting, painting, litter picking)
  • Event support,  welcoming visitors, signposting, interacting and discussing cultural installations with the public, low level crowd management (monitoring capacities, health &safety)
  • Promote the visitor experience, making people feel welcome, selling the city and signposting to resources such as the Tourist Information Centre where people can get more information

Would this role suit you?

No formal qualifications are required for this role. However, to carry out this role well and to enjoy the role you’ll need to:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Display a warm and friendly disposition,
  • Have a positive attitude, especially about Plymouth 
  • Be reliable, dependable, honest and trustworthy
  • Have some  free time, not necessary to be available for regular full days
  • Be non-discriminatory

Training and ongoing support

Prior to the start of your volunteering you will receive an induction and a training session to include the following: Mayflower 400 story & programme; safeguarding; confidentiality and equality & diversity; your own safety and wellbeing as a volunteer; extra safety precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You will be supported by the Mayflower volunteer manager throughout your volunteering.

It is anticipated that there will be the opportunity for further training in due course, for those volunteers who would like it, around diversity, dementia awareness, mental health and other relevant areas.

We are very grateful that you are considering becoming a Mayflower Maker and that you want to be part of the commemorative year in Plymouth – now extending into 2021 with a packed spring and summer calendar of events and activity across the city including:

  • Illuminate Festival Feb/March 2021
  • Mayflower International Festival 8-11 July
  • Mayflower Muster 10 July
  • Mayflower 400 Four Nations Ceremony on Plymouth Hoe 11 July 2021
  • SailGP on 17 and 18 July.


Why get involved?

Why volunteer in this role?

This is your chance to do something for your city and your community to help make sure everyone has a great experience of Mayflower 400.


You may claim reimbursement for pre agreed out of pocket expenses such as travel to your place of volunteering.

You will be provided with a free “City Bus” pass to use when on any Mayflower 400 duties

References/DBS Checks

You will be required to complete a Mayflower Maker application form that includes two named referees.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will only be carried out on roles that require one, at no cost to the volunteer.


As a volunteer you are of course free to stop volunteering at any time. 

You will be given a clear point of contact for all aspects of your volunteering including for any feedback, suggestions or concerns.

You will be provided with a range of Mayflower 400 branded kit/uniform


How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to ther Mayflower Maker community
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Follow the instructions in your  acceptance e-mail. 

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Event Management
  • Event Stewarding
  • Gardening
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Music & dance

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Conservation
  • Creative and Arts
  • Event & Project Management
  • Events and Programming
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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