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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Exmoor Young Voices

Exmoor Young Voices

A think tank for young adults living and working in the National Park,advising Exmoor National Park and others on housing

and planning, communications, employment, transport and more...Contact The Chairman - Will Lock - 0781 7708 032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Exmoor Young Voices need your help!


Exmoor has the poorest road, rail and digital communications in the country, West Somerset is top of the league for 60 to 74-year-olds, 1,000 of its 5,000 houses are empty. Young people who want to stay drift away.

 Exmoor Young Voices, with the support of the National Park, are creating opportunities to help young people continue living and working here. 

They’ve been well received at the Consultative Forum of Parishes and Trusts, the Rural Housing Network, the Houses of Commons and Lords, BBC and ITV, outlining the problems for young people:


  • housing - all the Young Voices either live at home, unable to afford to do otherwise, or move away reluctantly
  • affordable housing neither affordable nor available for single young people
  • wages in relation to rents
  • digital access and communications, especially for on-line returns, business, agriculture, and social enterprise
  • employment
  • transport for work and local activities.


Their solutions to the housing crisis include student-type starter rooms, starter flats for young workers, self build, homeshare.  Their three years’ report, seeking solutions, can be found at ‘Exmoor National Park Young Voices’ alongside their experiences of life on Exmoor.

Facebook is ‘Exmoor Young Voices’ and Twitter @ExmYoungVoices.

 How can you help?


Hastoe Housing have given us £600 so that we can employ a local young person to drive the Voices solutions forward. We need more money to do that.


If you know a young person who would like to join our Network contact; The Chairman - Will Lock This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.