#HaltHeartache’s very own Leyla Buran talks about her involvement with the campaign

The #HaltHeartache team is a lively bunch, not least because of our star intern, Leyla, who joined The Future Melting Pot’s ranks in May.

Leyla gives a snapshot of her personal involvement with research into road traffic collisions and #HaltHeartache, a crowdfunding campaign which is raising money to prevent the tragedy of road traffic collisions amongst young people in the West Midlands.

I remember the moment the #HaltHeartache campaign was born. Soon after the horrific Grenfell disaster, we realised the importance of not just sitting on important findings that had come out of the research paper. The research paper confirmed that young people living in traditionally more hard-to-reach communities which were statistically more socio-deprived are more susceptible to being involved in road traffic collisions. In this conscious dilemma not to be seen as harbouring ‘guilty knowledge’ we decided: it’s time to spring into action and save young peoples lives!

I have worked very closely with Estella (CEO) and Fiona (Project Support Officer) in the ‘birthing’ process of #HaltHeartache. This includes the pre-live work such as writing funding bids, raising awareness of the findings to local community members in the Eastside of Birmingham and within local schools, to hosting meetings with the leaders of Birmingham from the West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, Mental Health Trust and other key stakeholders; which in turn led to a garnering of support and pledge to uphold any action to reduce the number of RTC’s in the communities most affected. I then, alongside Estella and Fiona, led a team of Marketing interns to publicise and profile the #HaltHeartache campaign. The campaign has since snowballed; we shot campaign videos, presented at several key events in Birmingham and arguably most importantly, have welcomed Champions of our aim to join the campaign.

History tells that strength in numbers can almost certainly determine strength of success, and I am very proud to be a part of a campaign that WILL reduce the number of RTC’s among young people in the West Midlands, ultimately saving lives.

Leyla (right) leading a brainstorming session with two other interns.

You can find out more about our research here and the latest updates on our campaign on Twitter and Facebook. Keep your eyes peeled for when our crowdfunder page goes LIVE at the beginning of November.

Fancy following in Leyla’s footsteps to gain exposure of crucial work for young people? Have a look at our opportunities and drop us an e-mail at info@haltheartache.co.uk with a CV and cover letter explaining why you want to get involved.

Essential: a good sense of humour.


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