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Credit Tony Marsh. HRH Prince Harry meets young people at Holyrood Palace

JMB Creatives meet HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

moatbrae, February 15, 2018

Two young members of Moat Brae’s JMB Creatives travelled to Edinburgh on Tuesday to meet HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to tell them of theiOn Tuesday the 13th of February Lucy, John and I travelled up to Edinburgh to take part in the VIP Year of Young People Reception at Holyrood Palace. We arrived at Holyrood Palace at around half past one in the afternoon. Along with lots of other Charities and organisations, we were shown to a big hall which we set up in. The charities were all dotted around in an elongated horse shoe shape. Each charity was designed to a general group. For example we were in a culture group which had two Visit Scotland representatives and some people from the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Also in the Culture Group was a nice lady from the Scottish Parliament who helped us all set up. We had some time before it stated to have a chinwag with some other charities. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle entered the room there was a strict no phones ban. The Reception began with a speech from Charlotte Little, a YoYP ambassador who shared her story with volunteering. Next there was some poetry from Crieff High School and then Prince Harry and Meghan began to make their way around the charities. When they got to us we shook their hands and Moat Brae was introduced by visit Scotland. Lucy explained to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle what Moat Brae and Dreams for the Future was. Lucy and I were very nervous but they were very easy to talk to. There were lots of Photographers and Film Cameras all around us to capture the day and there was a great atmosphere. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle worked their way around the room we got a sense that they were really interested in what everyone had to say. Overall it was a fantastic day and I am really grateful to Moat Brae for letting me have this opportunity!
r plans for Scotland’s Year of Young People.

The JMB Creatives is the Youth Forum of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, they are planning an exciting festival of events for the end of 2018 which will include a special preview of Moat Brae when young people will take over running the new Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries.

Lucy Brann (aged 25), Charlotte Green (aged 14) and John Molloy (Creative Learning and Engagement Officer) represented the JMB Creatives at the special Year of Young People (YoYP) Reception at Holyrood Palace. In addition to meeting the Royal guests, they spoke to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd. They talked about Moat Brae and the plans for their ‘Dreams for the Future’ events which will take place in November and December 2018 to highlight the talents, imagination and creativity of young people in Dumfries.

Lucy Brann, Year of Young People Project Coordinator at Moat Brae said:We had the fantastic opportunity to meet Prince Harry and Ms Markle, it was great to tell them all about the Moat Brae project and our plans to transform the house and garden into a Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, as well as our plans for our YoYP event, Dreams for the Future. They seemed really engaged with the work everyone was doing and Prince Harry was interested in our connection to the story of Peter Pan, he even suggested we should find a name for our crocodile! I also spoke to the First Minister and the Minister for Year of Young People, about our plans for 2018. The whole day was a great experience and I felt really proud to be a part of the YoYP celebration and all that it stands for – ensuring young people are given a platform to be heard and listened to.

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust welcomes anyone aged 26 and under who would like to join The JMB Creatives. These young volunteers will be given opportunities to develop skills and experience in planning, marketing and producing events as well as giving feedback on plans for Moat Brae and making new friends.   Anyone who is interested in finding out more can do so by clicking here

Main image in which Charlotte Green can be seen speaking to Ms Markle with HRH Prince Harry in the foreground by Tony Marsh

Charlotte Green, JMB Creative, wrote: “Lucy, John and I travelled up to Edinburgh to take part in the VIP Year of Young People Reception at Holyrood Palace. We arrived at Holyrood Palace at around half past one in the afternoon. Along with lots of other Charities and organisations, we were shown to a big hall which we set up in. The charities were all dotted around in an elongated horse shoe shape.

Each charity was designated to a general group. For example we were in a culture group which had two Visit Scotland representatives and some people from the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Also in the Culture Group was a nice lady from the Scottish Parliament who helped us all set up. We had some time before it started to have a chinwag with some other charities.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle entered the room there was a strict ‘no phones’ ban. The Reception began with a speech from Charlotte Little, a YoYP ambassador who shared her story with volunteering. Next there was some poetry from Crieff High School and then Prince Harry and Meghan began to make their way around the charities. When they got to us we shook their hands and Moat Brae was introduced by visit Scotland. Lucy explained to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle what Moat Brae and Dreams for the Future was. Lucy and I were very nervous but they were very easy to talk to. There were lots of Photographers and Film Cameras all around us to capture the day and there was a great atmosphere.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle worked their way around the room we got a sense that they were really interested in what everyone had to say. Overall it was a fantastic day and I am really grateful to Moat Brae for letting me have this opportunity!”

 


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