As you'll know, the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has put a stop to many events, including our Summit, which was planned for 26th March. Once we have all weathered this storm and made it through to the other side, we will set a new date for the Summit and an EYV members meeting thereafter.
In the mean time, we have contacted the housing associations, estate agents and local authorities we work with, to see if there is anything we can do to spread the word about the action they're taking, or help streamline their processes in some way.
We've also been using our social media pages to share new employment opportunities, activities for children (as many of our members are young parents), and the latest COVID-19 related advice from official bodies.
Please take a look at our Facebook page for the most recent updates. If you have any information you'd like us to share, or if we can help you in any way during this difficult time, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Keep safe and well.
Megan and Kerrie
Did you catch our recent feature on ITV Regional News? If not, watch the full clip above.
Our Chair, Will Lock and EYV members, Becky Nelder and Nick Hosegood were interviewed about the lack of affordable housing on Exmoor and how difficult it is for young people to remain here, in the place they grew up.
We think they did a fantastic job of sharing their personal experiences, as well as getting one of our key messages across - that we need more affordable housing options for our young residents and workers on Exmoor. Otherwise, there will be no one left here to live and work on the moor.
In an ideal world, we'd have had a longer feature. As with any broadcast, the interviews were edited and get cut down, but we feel we got one of our key messages across. In our opinion, any media coverage we can get is a positive thing, as it all helps to spread the word about our organisation and the goals we're working to achieve.
Since sharing the video on Facebook, we've had an impressive 2.6k views and 29 shares. It's also influenced new people to give our page a 'like', again helping to widen our reach and encourage new members to join EYV.
As a team, we'll be keeping an eye out for any other media opportunities for the charity, as we continue to work towards our goals of improving housing, employment, travel and digital inclusion for young people on Exmoor.
Exmoor Young Voices New Developments
It's been an exciting few months for EYV, so we thought we'd put together a bit of a catch up post so you can see what we've been up to...
New EYV coordinators
We kicked off the year with 2 brand new coordinators, Kerrie Wilson and Megan Hunt.
Not had chance to meet them yet? Head over to our introductory blog post to learn a little bit about them.
Both are attending the Exmoor Consultative Forum on 19th March, so if you happen to be going, feel free to say hello and introduce yourself. They're a friendly pair and are keen to work closely with both Exmoor residents and members of local authorities.
Brand new website & increased social media following
You'll know we have a new website, seeing as you're reading this blog post but have you taken the time to look around properly? We'll be adding more and more content as time goes on, so keeping popping back for regular updates.
You may have noticed, we've also been a lot more active on social media! We're keen to use it to engage with as many young residents across the moor (and on the borders) as possible. Our Facebook following has grown significantly in this first part of the year and we're also actively using Instagram & Twitter to engage with residents too.
Summit Reunion 26th March
We're hosting our Summit Reunion in Exford this month and will be joined by representatives from local authorities, ready to pledge their commitment to making improvements for young people on Exmoor.
We're pleased to announce that Magna and Somerset County Council have joined us as new sponsors. Head on over to our partners page to find out which organisations help to fund and support EYV.
And that's not all! We've also achieved the following...
What's next for EYV?
So now you know what we've been up to, you're probably wondering what's going to come of it all?
It's easy to tell you about our outputs but the outcomes largely depend on organisations and local authorities adapting their policies and procedures to help young residents and workers on Exmoor.
We are keen to take a collaborative approach, do our bit and offer support in any way we can to achieve this and look forward to the upcoming Summit Reunion, where we can discuss our next moves. We'll keep you up to date with any progress we make and hope to host our next members' meeting soon after.