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Old Mill announces youngest ever head of office

Lucy Bennett, an adviser at Exeter financial experts Old Mill has become the firm’s youngest ever head of office. The 24-year-old has been announced as Old Mill’s new head of office for the sister office in Yeovil where her role is to encourage collaboration and engagement amongst the teams and support Old Mill’s work within the local community, alongside her role as client adviser. Lucy has worked at Old Mill for six years, and during that time has built up strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike, meaning she is perfectly placed to take on the role of office head. However, she knows it will not be plain sailing as we return to the new normal and plans to learn from what the pandemic has taught us. Lucy said: “Bringing everyone together and providing another level of support has always been important, but now it feels more important than ever. Whether people are working from home, the office, or both – they will require different levels of support to make them feel comfortable with the transition, which I hope I can help provide.” Lucy says the pandemic has really pushed mental health to the forefront in all walks of life, and that Old Mill’s response from a wellbeing perspective has been on point, but it is important not to forget what we’ve learnt from the pandemic and grow from it. She said: “Being open minded during times of change not only links to Old Mill’s values, but also seems the most sensible plan of action and I hope to be as inclusive as possible.” Speaking about the fact she is the youngest person to have taken on one of the four office role positions; Lucy said: “I see my appointment as a perfect illustration of how forward-looking Old Mill is when it comes to offering exciting opportunities for career development. We are most definitely not ‘old school’ in this respect, and hopefully me being slightly more junior will be beneficial in encouraging others to take a ‘leap of faith’ and put themselves out there” Lucy has always been heavily involved in the Yeovil Social Committee and was also instrumental in the launch of The Old Mill Fund – the home of Old Mill’s charitable giving – so feels her new role is a natural next step up. “I hope to invigorate the…


Youth Hub Devon – Results Day 2021

This week, thousands of students will be picking up GCSE and A Level exam results, after a most extraordinary and unsettling year in education.  Regardless of what results you, or your children, are anticipating, Youth Hub Devon is on hand to help navigate this next step.    Although students might not have taken physical exams for A levels or GCSEs during the pandemic, in most cases, they still won’t know what results they’re likely to get until they log on or drop into their schools next week.   Advisers at Youth Hub Devon are ready to help people and have lots of information and advice at their fingertips.  Rhian Hawthorne, Youth Hub Devon Coordinator, said: “The key message from us here at Youth Hub Devon is not to panic about your exam results. There are literally hundreds of options available to school and college leavers. Whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship, or perhaps entering the world of work for the first time, we would urge people to make an appointment and come and talk to us.” Youth Hub Devon, which operates its advice hub from within the Exeter Works Princesshay space, is aimed specifically at those aged 16-24 in or near the Exeter area which includes East and Mid Devon. It says that its service, funded by Devon County Council, the Department of Work and Pensions and Exeter City Council, is for the many young people whose plans might have changed as a result of the pandemic and that includes those who aren’t sure which direction to take this summer.  Rhian added: “It’s been a tough time during the pandemic and young people in the area have missed out on a lot. But we are keen to show them that there are plenty of opportunities out there and that all is most definitely not lost if they don’t get the results that they might have been expecting.” Youth Hub Devon has a list of top tips for anybody making decisions about their future this summer: Be as flexible as possible – plans change, and can lead to fantastic opportunities further down the line Keep your CV up to date – Youth Hub Devon can help with this Practice those all-important interview techniques with a friend  If you’re aged 16-24, make an appointment to speak to an adviser at Youth Hub Devon: www.youthhubdevon.org.uk
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Exeter nightlife returning to normal – a look at some ideas for a great night out

The past few months have been downright spooky in and around Exeter, with all the closures and restrictions. Yes, it has been the same everywhere, but it always hits hardest closest to home when it is a place you know and love. It’s therefore been fantastic to see life return to something very close to normal over the past couple of weeks.   Even better news, summer seems to have timed its arrival with the easing of restrictions. To celebrate here are some ideas for great nights out in Exeter this summer where we can all let our hair down –while remaining responsible, of course!  The Quayside  There’s no better spot for an early evening drink on a summer evening, and despite the lack of restrictions, you’ll still want to grab a seat outside and enjoy the gentle breeze. There’s no shortage of bars, cafes and restaurants, so you’ll be certain to find something to suit your taste and budget.   Feeling lucky?  Casinos have been hit especially hard by recent events, with many of their regulars tempted by the online alternatives. They certainly have their benefits, and Casinowithdrawal.co.uk makes reviews on withdrawal times so you can choose the best one. But still, there’s something special about playing casino games in the flesh, and both Admiral and Merkur have slots, video poker and more, and are open into the wee small hours. For something a little different, you could even try Mecca Bingo on North Street. If you’ve never played before, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.  A night at the theatre  The Northcott is one of the most popular destinations for a sophisticated evening of entertainment, and it is such a pleasure to see the schedule filling up again. Forthcoming events include Treasure Island in the second half of August and a hilarious take on the Three Musketeers in early September. Speaking of comedy, David Baddiel and Sarah Millican are among the big names visiting for one night only, so don’t miss them!   Live music  Exeter has a great history of attracting the top musical talent, from famous names of yesteryear to youngsters with great futures ahead. There are several venues to choose from, but the Corn Exchange is probably the best-known. Respected tribute act the Mersey Beatles are a highlight over the coming weeks, but the biggest news is that The Drifters will be playing in October, performing hits from…


Exeter’s Riverside Leisure Centre reopens

The pool and health suite at Exeter’s Riverside Leisure Centre has re-opened after a four-year closure. Millions of pounds have been spent on refurbishing the building, following a fire in February 2017 which closed the entire facility for months. The gym and sports halls were back in operation later that year, but whilst fire damage was being repaired, unrelated structural weaknesses were revealed. Exeter City Council leader Phil Bialyk officially re-opened the pool and health suite at a short ceremony on Saturday and said it was “absolutely” worth the wait. “I’ve got to thank everybody – all the members of the leisure facility – for putting up with this problem for the last four years. It has been dire, it’s been beset by problems. Hopefully now they can see what we’ve done. “It’s a fantastic facility. It’s been refurbished to a high standard. The original was only really built for 20 years, let’s be honest, so we’ve gone round and put everything right.” The centre has new changing areas, tiling, wall cladding and cubicles, along with a health suite with steam room, sauna and spa pool. Amongst the work undertaken, all 276 panes in the roof glazing had to be replaced. Cllr Bialyk added that he was “always determined” reopen the pool: “I’m glad that we’ve had the resolve. Those people who were going onto us, that’s over now as far as I’m concerned. I want everyone to appreciate it and enjoy it.” Councillor Duncan Wood, who is in charge of leisure and physical activity, said: “Anybody that comes here will see a completely refurbished centre. The pool is fantastic, the changing space is fantastic, the health suite looks brilliant. It was always a popular community pool and I’m sure it will be again. Key workers who helped the city through the pandemic were the first to use the new-look facilities, which was then followed by a ‘family fun weekend.’ Cllr Wood also defended the cost of the refurbishment: “No civic project is very cheap. The project itself wasn’t planned in advance, it was a fire that we responded to, and as various structural elements and weaknesses were uncovered, that had to be responded to. By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy Reporter. The Exeter Daily …


The only way is ‘upcycling’ for Otto Sutton, 11, winner of this year’s BT Young Pioneer Award

A schoolboy from Exeter has won a national competition in search of finding tech solutions to help tackle climate change, with his ingenious upcycling app idea, ‘FrankEinstein’. Otto Sutton, 11, had been named the winner of the BT Young Pioneer Award as part of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards and will receive up to £10,000 in funding and support from BT experts with the skills to help bring his idea, the FrankEinstein app to reality. Upcycling is a trend that’s been prolific throughout the pandemic, with many households spending more time at home, with perhaps more time to think about replacing or updating products they might use every day. This trend not only helps in reducing the amount of waste in the environment, but also transforms something that had no perceived benefit to a functional tool with artistic or environmental value. Otto’s inspiration, came to him after watching the movie ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’, which sees a young boy make a windmill out of bicycle parts to help save his village’s failing crops.  Realising the opportunity to make helpful and useful objects out of old materials, Otto then took five months to finalise his plans for FrankEinstein. Based on Victor Frankenstein and Albert Einstein, Otto came up with his brand name and the emphasis of the ‘E’ is to promote the environmental benefits of the app. The app works by simply taking a photo of a product and then responding to the user with suggestions on how the product, or its components can be upcycled. An example could be ‘Why not turn these bike tyres into sandals following these instructions? or ‘Why not turn this old washing machine drum into a fire pit?’ There are other websites, like ‘instructables’, that tell you how you can make something, but not what you can make. Other platforms, e.g. ‘freecycle’ promote reuse through giving goods away, but Otto’s FrankEinstein solution proactively links these two areas, building a valuable database of products that can be made from spare parts in the process. Otto Sutton said, “I can’t believe I’ve won! I’m incredibly excited about bringing my upcycling app idea into a reality, to help change the way people think about waste and to make a positive impact on the environment. There’s a lot of work to do but it’ll be worth it and it’s great knowing I…


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