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Ben Jackson who is setting up a group for the leaders of Bicester voluntary organizations.'110606M-A315

Ben Jackson who is setting up a group for the leaders of Bicester voluntary organizations.'110606M-A315

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A NEW network is being set up to bring Bicester’s voluntary groups and charities closer together.

The group – operating under the working title Bicester Volunteer Network – aims to help organisations share resources and assist each other in times of need.

A meeting is due to be held on July 18 to formalise the group’s objectives and decide the best way forward.

Roz Edwards, of the not-for-profit Rainbow Playgroup in Hendon Place, came up with the initial idea.

She said: “This is about creating a big community spirit. I do a lot of work for Rainbow Playgroup in Bicester, and we really struggle for volunteer support.

“I think that there are an awful lot of people in Bicester who could afford to give up a couple of hours and might really enjoy it.”

She added: “At this stage the idea is to decide what we want to achieve and how to achieve it.”

Voluntary groups including the town’s Rotary Club, Round Table, Lions, Inner Wheel, sports clubs, residents’ associations and business clubs are among those invited to take part.

The initiative has the backing of Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Town Council.

Ben Jackson, chairman of Bicester Chamber of Commerce, is helping the new group get started.

He said an initial meeting held last month had established some solid common ground.

“I really hope we can put something together at the second meeting,” he added.

Voluntary group representatives wanting updates on the plans, or who would like to attend the July 18 meeting in the Littlebury Hotel, should email ben@bbkmedia.com with contact and organisation details.