Continued progress and advancement with her innovative website continues to be a source of pride for 2017/18 Excellence Scholar, Emily Taylor.

In the second year of a Primary Education with QTS degree, Emily, from Bootle, founded the website Teenagers With Experience in 2015, which aims to help young people by sharing their own experiences of dealing with a range of relevant issues.

“The idea came from me having to cope with a lot of mental health concerns alone and feeling uncomfortable to speak to counsellors and adults due to previous experience”, Emily states. “I wanted to create a safe space where teenagers could listen, learn and talk.

“My website has grown so much since I joined Edge Hill. It helps by sharing our experiences on a variety of topics (including mental health, LGBT+, social life, lifestyle), and we have gained new members and helped so many people.”

Innovations include ‘Game Night’, a way of engaging readers and members of the TWE community.

“While we aim to help readers, we also want our members to feel comfortable and be happy. Every so often we hold events where we play one of three games; compliment hour, guess the member or anonymous questions. These allow us to get to know each other, compliment each other and have fun.”

Having collaborated with Huyton-based radio station KCC Live, future projects could include involvement with BBC Radio Merseyside, while Emily is also pursuing the option of changing TWE into a CIC (Community Interest Company).

“We have reached out to other organisations, companies and people to collaborate and a few things are in the works. We have also worked with an Instagram designer who created an #AskTWE project for us.

“We would love to get funding to be able to gain better features for the website, promote to more teenagers, create projects and start going into high schools and colleges and doing talks and holding workshops.”

Emily believes undertaking her studies at Edge Hill University has given her the right environment from which the website can flourish.

“It is a very welcoming place”, she notes. “The staff and other students have been eager to help with my website. I was even asked to be in the alumni magazine to share my story.

“The scholarship has been really helpful. Our members are so grateful that TWE has been given recognition by a prestigious university. We are very eager to improve and work on the website, so we can help more people.”

Emily was selected for an Excellence Scholarship in 2017 – being awarded £2,000 towards her studies. Find out more about applying for a scholarship here.

Click here for more information about studying for a degree in Primary Education with QTS.