It is an annual event which this year focused on #RuralYouthMatter.
The event was sponsored by Hastoe Housing, the specialist rural housing association that owns and manages over 7,500 homes in over 70 local authority areas across the south of England. the Association is a passionate supporter of rural communities and does this by providing affordable, high-quality, sustainable homes available in perpetuity. Hastoe works in close partnership with local authorities to enable local people to remain within their communities and help keep rural services sustainable.
The event was opened by Lord Cameron of Dillington who addressed those in attendance about the importance of young people in rural areas.
Dr Jane Hart, a Director of Rural England presented her research report on ‘Challenges facing rural 16-18-year olds in accessing appropriate education and work-based learning’. This thought-provoking research also considers the possible implications of accessibility constraints on students’ attainment and on social mobility.
The day included presentations from Young Somerset, UK Youth and Huw Merriman MP and some eye opening and heartfelt presentations by young people sharing their views on living and growing up in rural areas. Hastoe Housing finished the day by sharing their views on ‘Tailoring housing to address the needs of young people.’
Philip Dunne MP pledges his support
Those attending were asked to put their name to the pledge of the day, “Rural Youth Matter” - a sentiment shared by all those that attended with the pledge confirming the importance of young people in our rural society and deserving of more of our attention and support
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