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Youngsters help out in many ways; Views of the North.

YOUR recent article on the 'crisis in giving' caused by younger people not donating as much to charity as older people isn't really surprising when they are less likely to have as much disposable income as their parents.

Our experience here in Newcastle is that young people do give, but in different ways. Many volunteer their time and skills for local charities and groups, some are carers and a number are involved in campaigns, supporting particular causes and participating in sponsored events.

However there are genuine concerns that as more people are affected by the current economic conditions, are losing their jobs, are less secure in their homes and are worried by current and future benefits cuts, they will inevitably donate less.

The situation is particularly difficult for local organisations that rely on councils for funding. As local authorities move into their third year of reduced resources, this will have an inevitable impact on investing in local groups.

Local groups can't afford expensive fundraising campaigns, chuggers, adverts and high-profile activities. They often support people with the greatest needs who are on limited incomes. People give, whether in time, money or other forms of support, to organisations and causes they feel strongly about, whether cancer support or a local youth group.

So whatever your age, you can give in many different ways. It's never too late, or too early.

SALLY YOUNG, Chief executive, Newcastle CVS (Council for Voluntary Service)
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2012
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