Teenagers 'make substantial donations in cash and time'

Young people spend an average of 3.5 hours a month volunteering, says Evangelical Alliance report

Voluntary work and charitable donations made by teenagers are worth more than £300m a year, according to new research.

The report Young People Matter by Christian charity the Evangelical Alliance is based on a survey of more than 700 people aged between 14 and 18.

It shows young volunteers spend an average of 3.57 hours a month volunteering, which it claims would cost £210m a year if the volunteers were paid the minimum wage. The report says young people donate about £110m to charity each year.

"Wanting to help people" was the most popular reason for volunteering, cited by 53 per cent of respondents. Lack of time and "too much school work" are the most common hindrances to volunteering.

In the foreword to the report, Prince Charles says: "I am deeply impressed by their efforts and these deserve to be recognised more widely."
 
Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "These results demonstrate that, contrary to the stereotypes, young people make a positive difference in our communities."

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