Do you remember the iconic Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympics? We are looking for our very own Trailmakers to help deliver Maidstone’s first free public art trail.

Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade is bringing colour and fun to the County town from 19 June to 22 August and is on the hunt for volunteer Trailmakers to help put Maidstone on the map, while raising awareness and funds for the Hospice. For nine weeks, members of the public can take part in the free walking trail to discover 51 individually designed Elmer sculptures across the town’s centre, beautiful parks and peaceful river paths. Each large Elmer sculpture has been lovingly designed by local and national artists and are sponsored by a local business or organisation.

Visitors will also discover Elmer’s Learning Herd, made up of 30 small Elmer sculptures, designed and painted by local schools and youth organisations from Maidstone and the surrounding areas. Plus, one special Elmer that has been designed especially for Heart of Kent Hospice.

We are looking for sociable, enthusiastic volunteers over the age of 18 to cover a variety of shifts from 10.00am-1.00pm or 1.00pm-4.00pm during the week and weekends. Elmer Trailmakers will be stationed at different locations along the trail and at two town centre Elmer shops to engage with visitors, provide information and directions, and to represent Heart of Kent Hospice. Volunteers are also needed to drive the roving Elmer Armstrong sculpture around in the branded Raptor, as well as driver mates who can support the logistics of it visiting schools, companies and local events.  

Erica Snow, Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade Project Manager, said: “Over the past seven months Heart of Kent Hospice has been working behind the scenes with its Official Partners to plan how the nine-week trail can go ahead in a Covid-secure way.

“Our volunteers are essential in the smooth running of the Parade, so if you are looking for the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills, meet new people and give something back to the community then we would love to hear from you. Volunteers will receive a limited edition Trailmaker t-shirt to wear on their shifts and keep as a memento.”

So what are you waiting for? Click on the links below to view the variety of Elmer Trailmaker opportunities and apply today!

Trailmaker Role Description

Trailmaker HQ Shop and Information Assistant Role Description

Application Form

To register your interest in being one of our Trailmakers just email elmer@hokh.co.uk

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