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I don’t know about you, but as she grows up, I’m finding myself thinking more and more about my daughter’s teenage years.
When I was a teenager I had a great set of friends who were supportive and loyal. Sure we got up to the usual pranks, but I was lucky that my friends were in the main, pretty ‘sensible’ and we never got into much trouble.
As I look around our local area and think back to the recent riots, frankly I’m a bit scared. You read time and time again that teenagers have nowhere to go, nothing to do, so they seem to hang around doing nothing at best and getting into trouble at worst.
Fortunately there are some fantastic organisations around the country that are tackling this issue and today I want to share with you one such initiative in Lyme Regis. “The Hub” is a youth club in the heart of Dorset created by the young people, for the young people and with your help they could win £100k for renewable energy to further develop their work.
The Hub are also dealing with another of my bug bears – destitute old buildings. There are loads of them around here; beautiful houses and buildings that have been left to ruin while new, soulless houses are built in unspoilt fields… The Hub have renovated an old abandoned building and are gradually making it energy efficient, sustainable and a progressive centre for young people in their area.
What I love about their work is that they VALUE young people and give them a chance to shine. I think teenagers and tweens get a tough time of things. We point the finger, the media have a field day with them and if you didn’t know better you’d think they were another species to be feared!
Fortunately initiatives like the Hub understand that children need a jolly good listening to, need to be validated and need to be encouraged to find their passions and skills.
If they win the £100,000 The Hub have the following three renewable energy projects planned:
Installation of a Photovoltaic system, allowing them to export power and earn income through the Feed in Tariff (FiT).
A new heating system, combining an Air source heat pump and low energy condensing gas boiler
Cavity wall insulation
This fantastic funding is made available through energyshare – a collaboration of River Cottage and British Gas. Over the past six months, hundreds of projects around Britain have been battling for funding and this week YOU get the chance to vote!
Energyshare take the notion that when you bring together people, communities, organisations and the media, something really BIG can happen. They are aiming to turn the energy system on its head and give everyone the opportunity to source, use and even generate their own 100% British renewable energy. It’s a win-win. By generating renewable energy you can actually create an income stream which can be used to support a variety of community activities.
I’m excited to be interviewing someone from the Hub this week. I’ll be back during the week with the interview and details on how you can help support their amazing work.
What about you – what facilities are there for young people in your area?
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