I was pleased to attend the Rural Vulnerability Day event on 10th March 2020 in Portcullis House. It is an annual event organised by Rural England C.I.C which this year focused on ‘Rural Youth Matter’.
“I pledge to ensure rural young people are not disadvantaged by where they live”
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 social mobility. The day included presentations from the British Youth Council, Young Somerset, UK Youth, and Huw Merriman MP and some eye-opening and heartfelt presentations by some young people sharing their views on living and growing up in rural areas. Hastoe Housing – who sponsored this event – finished the day by sharing their views on ‘Tailoring Housing to Address the Needs of Young People.’
I was pleased to put my 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.
Martin Collett, Chief Executive, English Rural