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Young trustee needed to help shape the future of Suffolk’s library service

Suffolk Libraries is looking for someone to represent the views and interests of young people in the future development of the organisation.

The new young trustee would join the Suffolk Libraries Board, which helps to oversee the running of the organisation and makes key decisions on the future strategy and shape of the county’s library service.

The opportunity is open to anyone aged 18-30 who is interested in getting involved and is prepared to commit a few hours to attending Board meetings, which take place roughly five times a year.

A new young trustee joined the board last year but has since moved on to become a member of the Suffolk Libraries arts team. Suffolk Libraries has also since made it possible for up to three young people to become trustees, underlining how important it sees young people in the development of the organisation.

Bruce Leeke, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries, said:

“We have trustees who are committed to shaping the direction of Suffolk Libraries but we’re always looking at how we can increase the diversity and representation from key customer groups amongst our Board. The young trustee who joined our Board last year has recently been appointed to an exciting role working within our Arts team. As an organisation that prides itself on providing opportunities for people to grow and develop, we’re delighted to have created two more Board roles for young people. We’ve got exciting plans for Suffolk Libraries and would love to hear from more young people keen to get involved in shaping our future.”

Many other charities in Suffolk have seen the benefits of recruiting a young shadow trustee and the role would help to develop leadership and communication skills and gain some great experience of the voluntary and public sector.

Anyone wishing to volunteer is invited to contact Janet Perry at Community Action Suffolk at by 23 July.