Schools focus for Sudbury mayor

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SUDBURY’S mayor has vowed to increase the number of young people taking part in community activities.

Jack Owen, who was elected mayor of Sudbury Town Council last month, is planning to visit a number of schools during his term in office and says one of his main aims is to show pupils the benefits they can reap from voluntary work.

The 70-year-old, who is also chairman of Helping Hands, a charity which campaigns on behalf of the Sudbury Resource Centre, believes many local charities and voluntary organisations desperately need to recruit younger members to ensure their long-term futures.

“Voluntary and community groups are playing a more important role in society than ever before, providing vital services which are no longer being provided by statutory organisations,” he said.

“I think the best way to try to encourage young people to support community groups is by working closely with local schools and I hope I can build some ongoing partnerships along the way.”