Young voices heard by MPs at House of Commons
EYV chair, Will Lock, recently attended the CPRE #TransportDeserts Report launch at House of Commons.
The event was attended by MPs, peers, civil servants and stake holders. It provided a chance to discuss the findings of the report, draw attention to the problems associated with transport deserts and suggest policy interventions.
The goal: To give rural communities access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment.
The full report can be found here.
In terms of EYV involvement, Will was invited to speak about how difficult it is for young people to access public transport on Exmoor. He not only shared his own experience but also the views and case studies collected from EYV members and other young Exmoor residents.
We're pleased that our 'young voices' were heard and well received. Will felt the meeting was very insightful and the action proposed, encouraging.
Will also made some valuable contacts, who are keen to work closely with EYV on upcoming projects regarding issues young people have in rural areas, like Exmoor.
What we have as an organisation is very unique and it's getting us noticed. Events like this are so worthwhile, not only for getting our views across but also for the people we meet, who can potentially help drive our goals to prioritise young people on Exmoor.
We'll keep you posted on any progress we make!
Introducing our new coordinators, Kerrie & Megan!
At the beginning of the year, we were joined by two new coordinators, Kerrie Wilson and Megan Hunt. If you follow the EYV Facebook page, you'll have already been introduced but if not, here's a little bit about them...
Kerrie has worked and lived in the area all of her adult life. She began working for a large worldwide company as a receptionist in 2007 and worked her way through the ranks to the Operations Director in 2017. During this time, she also coordinated the start up of the business, Three Atop Woodland Services alongside her partner Nick.
She has since left her full time job and recently welcomed baby Albert to the world, therefore, solely focusing on the expansion of Three Atop, dodging the difficulties of running a business and raising a child on the Moor.
We welcome her intricate organisation and management skills, alongside her experience and knowledge of the Moor, to the cause.
Megan is from Nottingham but now lives in the area with her young son, Arthur and parents. She began her copywriting and content creation business, Megan Jane Copywriting, in 2012 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients from all industries, providing website, social media and blog content, to increase their engagement with target audiences.
Megan is currently going through the stages of planning a self build property on the Moor with her son Arthur and partner Josh, who has lived on the Moor his entire life.
We are excited she has decided to lend her extensive engagement skills and experiences to the charity and look forward to working with her.
Both are very much in the throws of it, with Kerrie working on the Summit Reunion and Free Digital Workshops for young Exmoor residents (amongst many other things) and Megan building the website and posting on social media. So far, they've proved to be a great team and are making a positive difference to EYV!
If you'd like to get in touch with either Kerrie or Megan, feel free to drop them a DM on Facebook or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A warm welcome to the brand new Exmoor Young Voices website!
Although we have a great (and growing) presence on social media, we thought it'd be useful to have a website as a central hub for all information concerning EYV, its members, trustees , advisors and supporters. Here you will find everything you need to know about EYV, along with meeting notes (available to download), pictures from our events, information about our partners (and how to become one) and useful links.
The EYV site is very much a work-in-progress and we'll be adding content and pages as the weeks go on. Something we're keen to do is use our website (and blog posts) to share useful tips and guides for self-builders. This is something our advisor, Justin (who built his own house in Exton) is keen to help with and we know his knowledge will be invaluable to you!
We will also be sharing any properties that become available with the local housing associations we work with, along with employment opportunities on and around Exmoor.
Finally, we plan on using our blog to keep you up to date with all that's going on at EYV. A sneak peek behind-the-scenes, if you like! We think it's important that you see what we're doing to try and make a positive difference to the lives of young people on Exmoor. We're all about being inclusive and value your input too. Whether it's feedback on events we run, comments on the issues we're tackling or a case study on your personal living / working situation, it all contributes to helping us, help you, and other young people living and working on Exmoor.
Thank you for taking the time to read our first post. We really hope you like the new site!
Please give it a share on social media and if you have any feedback or suggestions, get in touch.