MORE young people need to get involved with voluntary and community groups in Sudbury to prevent them faltering in the future, according to a town councillor.
Jack Owen, deputy mayor of Sudbury, is calling on youth groups, schools, parents and educational organisations to teach young people about the importance of supporting their communities.
Mr Owen, who is also chairman of Helping Hands – a charity which raises money for the Sudbury Resource Centre, which supports adults with learning disabilities – said many charities and voluntary organisations desperately needed to recruit younger members to ensure their long-term futures.
“These groups are probably playing a more important role in society than ever before, providing vital services which are no longer offered by statutory organisations,” he said.
“Young people are definitely among those which benefit from the work of voluntary organisations, yet their presence within these groups is disproportionately low and that needs to change.”
Mr Owen said that he knew from experience that people “over a certain age” were happy to volunteer their time, but committees needed young recruits to survive.
“Young people can learn so much by being involved in voluntary activities and it will benefit them in their careers and personal lives,” he said.
Mr Owen added that he was interested in hearing from other groups or organisations on how they could find ways to attract younger volunteers.
“At Helping Hands, we would love to hear from young people who would like to get involved,” he said.
“However, I would also be keen to hear from and work closely with other groups to discuss how we can reach out to more young people.”
Anyone keen on volunteering can contact Mr Owen on 01787 374025 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.