Charity needs youngsters to help it evolve, says chairman

A charity supporting adults with learning disabilities is appealing for young people to come forward to form a junior committee.

Helping Hands, which raises money for, and campaigns on behalf of, the Sudbury Community Hub – formerly the Sudbury Resource Centre – on Chilton Industrial Estate wants to develop the group to safeguard its future.

Chairman and town mayor Jack Owen said: “We want to form a junior committee which, although closely connected to the main committee, would function in its own right.

“We would want the young people involved to take on responsibility for organising their own meetings and activities and then report back to the main committee for approval and guidance.”

Mr Owen is currently contacting the upper schools in Sudbury and Great Cornard to see if they can promote the idea and encourage pupils to get involved.

Those who join the committee would get the opportunity to take part in various community and fundraising events as well as learn new skills, he said.

“We hope that by involving people at a young age, we can develop a generation of community-minded individuals who can take over the running of this charity and possibly others when the time is right,” said Mr Owen.

“We also feel it is very important to encourage younger people to take part in community activities and to become good citizens by giving something back in the areas they live.

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

“Young people can learn so much by being involved in voluntary activities, including a range of personal, vocational and organisational skills that will benefit them in their careers and personal lives.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the plans to form a junior committee can contact Mr Owen on 01787 374025 or by email on union For more information about the charity, go to www.helpinghandssud