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

Suffolk Libraries, the charity which runs the county’s library service, 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.

Suffolk Libraries currently have two young trustees who sit on the Board but it has recently been made 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:

“Our trustees are committed to shaping the direction of Suffolk Libraries and we’re always looking at how we can increase the diversity and representation from key customer groups amongst our Board.

"We already have two fantastic young trustees and would love to hear from more young people keen to get involved in shaping our future as we celebrate our tenth birthday and make exciting plans for the 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 Laura Richardson at Laura.Richardson@suffolklibraries.co.uk by 20 August.