EXETER RESPECT YOUNG AMBASSADORS
RUBY MAY SPENCER
Ruby May Spencer initially gained an internship working in the offices of Exeter Respect in January 2014. Working closely alongside the Director Dr Suaad George, Ruby experienced first hand what went into the organisation of Exeter’s biggest community festival, and was personally made charge of gathering and collating information for volunteer applicants. Ruby says “…I became more involved, learning about all aspects of diversity, I decided to have my own stall which was headed “What does peace mean to you?” People were invited to write or draw their thoughts on material provided.
Later in the summer, I also joined Young Citizens Academy, CHRSE CIC as a Young Ambassador. My personal concerns as a young person are with regards to child exploitation and domestic abuse amongst young people, I believe that we should all be educated from a young age about unacceptable behaviour.
By the time preparations had begun for the 2019 Exeter Respect festival, I had been involved in numerous fundraising and celebratory events supporting not only Respect & the Academy, but also International Women’s Day & Respect’s International Fest. I had also written a song, aptly titled, “Respect” inspired by my role of Young Ambassador within Exeter Respect. I also performed an acoustic set on the Cafe stage and then – compered for other acts throughout the weekend for the Acoustic stage.
As Respect enters it’s 22th year and my involvement, in it’s 5th year, being one of many people of the Widrush generation who were lucky to find organisations to foster and believe on me, to become their young ambassador. I know that my time whilst volunteering with the Respect team has gained me invaluable experience. My confidence and self esteem has grown and I have been made aware of many social issues that I wouldn’t have otherwise known much about. I have a voice, that I use when I write my songs and feel very fortunate that I have had access to this learning.”