Libraries looking for young people to shape their future

Suffolk Libraries is looking for young people who can help to shape the future of the county’s libraries.

The organisation is looking for young trustees aged between 18-30 to join the Suffolk Libraries Board and share ideas to help ensure that libraries in Suffolk are relevant to young people.

The board 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 young trustee would need to commit to attending Board meetings, which take place roughly five times a year.

Bruce Leeke, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries, said: “Suffolk Libraries is always looking ahead and in these ever-changing times we need to constantly adapt to new challenges and ensure the library service can make a difference to people of all ages. Our Board is a fantastic group of committed volunteers but we’d also like to include more diversity and representation from across the county.

“It’s also not just about helping us but about offering a fantastic opportunity for a young person to gain some life-changing experience and something really impressive to add to their CV. We’ve already shown our commitment to young people this week by getting involved in the government’s new Kickstart programme and would love to hear from anyone who is enthusiastic about making the library offer as vibrant and relevant as possible.”

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 interested in the position can contact Janet Perry at Community Action Suffolk at janet.perry@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk by 20th October 2020.

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