The Argyle Community Trust (ACT) were on the waterfront in Plymouth as the city marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail.
The ACT has been involved in the Mayflower 400 UK commemorations since late 2017, appointed by Plymouth City Council as the lead body in the stimulation and coordination of a sport and wellbeing programme and portfolio of events to raise participation in the city.
On the morning of 16 September, ACT staff members - including members of the Mayflower 400: Get Active organising team - took part in a walk along one of the bespoke Plymouth Trails, to mark the historic moment four centuries ago.
Also exploring the Mayflower Trail were the ACT Ambassadors, who were joined by older members of the community from the Tackling Loneliness Together project.
After nearly six months, it was great to see the Ambassadors again, and it was also encouraging to receive feedback from the volunteers on past events and their enthusiasm to get involved in whats to come for the Mayflower 400: Get Active programme from now until July 2021.
The young volunteers were added to the team last September, and their commitment and enthusiasm is second to none.
The group has also been involved in a bid writing and public speaking group and, from discussions with the volunteers, ACT hopes to continue to provide this as part of its commitment to continual training and development of its team of volunteers.
While COVID-19 has impacted provisions during 2020, plans are in place for a revamped programme to take place between this September and July 2021 - combining elements of education, sport and wellbeing activities that will engage Plymouth’s local communities.
Two differing education programmes - ‘Sporting Voyage’ & ‘Mid-ground’ - will gift primary school learners with the opportunity to learn more about both the voyage of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims aboard, but also focus on acceptance within communities and enabling young people to be tolerant to those of minority backgrounds within the city of Plymouth.
Meanwhile, the Mayflower 400: Get Active campaign will focus on a new sport with each passing month, working with local clubs and role models to get people young and old reengaged with or into exercise and activity.
In addition, the ACT will be supporting events such as the Rehab Triathlon for wounded, injured and sick service or former-servicemen and women & the Special Olympic Games trial events, hosted here in the city.
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