This week I wanted to tell you more about my chat with Ayvin, a volunteer fundraiser from the Hub in Lyme Regis.
You might remember Ayvin was a committed community activist who loved nothing more than to spend his time chairing meetings. I deeply admire people like this – I’m more of an armchair activist. I don’t mind voting online, sending an email to people or retweeting about a petition, but as for getting out and about into the community, I’ll leave it to Ayvin.
The Hub have some fantastic plans in the pipeline, all of which can be achieved if you head over to energyshare and vote for them. With £100,000 just think about what the Hub could do to improve the lives of young adults in their area…
One idea is for the children to run a cafe to serve the local people which would be a win-win. Residents will get to enjoy local, freshly prepared food and the children will develop valuable skills from qualified chefs such as food hygiene, nutrition, and food preparation as well as service skills such as waiting. In a time where jobs are hard to come by, think what massive advantages some ‘work experience’ could give these children when they enter the job market.
Other ideas are to showcase Green energy and good environmental practice through events such as Green Expos. It’s a great opportunity for local green businesses to get together to speak to residents and turn the whole of Lyme Regis a shade greener.
Local groups such as sports teams and brownies want to use the venue too, to bring more and more experiences available to the young people of Lyme Regis. For example a ‘green music festival’ is planned, using pedal power to run the amps and lighting. I guess if the kids want loud music they’ll need to pedal faster! What a fantastic way to bring together the elements of fun, comradeship and green education…
The Hub has its finger on the pulse of issues that are crucial problems in many areas of the UK – rural isolation and a lack of cultural opportunities. Places like the Hub help young adults to build confidence, develop friendships and skills. And I don’t know about you, but it’s my observation that if children are encouraged to take part in the decision making processes regarding the spaces they use, they are likely to become caring custodians of those spaces.
Go and vote – you know you want to 😉
this is a sponsored opportunity on behalf of British Gas