The Exmoor Society Targets Young People

The Exmoor Society is championing two new events this year for young people. First is a two-day writing workshop is to be held in the Easter holidays for children aged between 9 and 14 years, the idea being to encourage them to explore Exmoor through the written word, stretch their imaginations and extend their literary horizons. The second event, announced earlier this year, is the Pinnacle Award for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 25 who have a concept for a business that would help them to stay and work in the Exmoor area. The Society, in promoting these two events, is targeting young people, helping them to understand Exmoor’s special qualities and enabling them to see these assets as a business opportunity.

The writing workshop sponsored by the Exmoor Society and the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership is to be held over two days at the Exmoor Community Youth Club Pavilion in Exford: on 2 April for 9 to 11 year olds, and 3 April for those aged between 12 and 14 years. The Society is very fortunate to have attracted well-known children’s writer, Ellen Renner, to take the workshops. Ellen is a widely published and very popular children’s writer who has been nominated for a number of literary awards. She has had considerable experience in running workshops and is renowned for her ability to awaken children’s imagination through the use of both literature and art. Being local, Ellen is well placed to work with children from the Exmoor community.

There are still some spaces and interested youngsters should contact the Exmoor Society (01398 323335/

The new Pinnacle Award worth up to £3,000 is being piloted this year. The Society hopes to encourage people who want to develop a business on Exmoor. Exmoor has so much to offer in developing traditional and new skills relating to agriculture, forestry, conversation, horticulture, crafts and different forms of tourisms. The Society would like the Pinnacle Award to act as a catalyst to unlock enterprise in young people by providing seed-core money for them to develop a rural business that will enable them to stay in the area. Anyone with a good idea should contact the Exmoor Society before 30 April with their proposals.

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