Focussed on empowering and protecting the future of rural youth, the Rural Youth Network is an initiative focused on understanding and supporting the rural youth.

What started as a large scale survey has evolved to include a three-day festival – the Rural Youth Ideas Festival – which in 2018 brought together 80+ young people to share their experience of living in rural areas in Scotland.

Featuring a line-up of inspiring speakers and leadership, business and communication skills workshops, against a backdrop of glamping, live music and local food, the festival aligns with the network’s core aims of empowering young people to share their story, making them feel heard and giving them the resources to thrive.

What we love about it: 

A platform that empowers young people to speak for themselves.

Hear from Jane Craigie from Rural Youth Scotland on our podcast.

For more information, check out their website.

Currently completing her PhD in labour rights and shortages in the UK food system, Zoe attended our Kent & Medway Hack eager to find out more about the labour aspects of the horticultural and fresh produce sector...

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Our Hoy hack delegates included Orkney locals but we were also fortunate enough to have young people from all over the world🌍

Esa, originally from Nigeria, now lives in Glasgow was excited to visit Hoy after hearing so much about it.

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Since graduating Kent & Medway Delegate, Francesca, has started a MDS graduate scheme and is loving the fresh food sector!
In this case study, she speaks about her experiences at the Hack and hopes for the future.

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Our Kent & Medway Ideas Hack wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Kent County Council. Here Huw Jarvis explains why they supported the event...

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