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Debate marks fact that more young people are donating time and money

This week the news has been full of proposal to force “do nothing” young people back into education but recent research in fact shows that 16-19 year-olds have the highest participation rate (63%) in volunteering and the age profile for charitable giving is shifting more and more towards young people.

Now the University of Warwick and the Beacon Fellowship Trust have organised a debate on 14th November to find out what motivates young people’s commitment to charities and social enterprise and explore how to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists.

The debate entitled “What motivates young people to give time, money and skills?”,  is free and open to all, and will take place on Wednesday 14 November, 6pm–8.30pm in the University of Warwick’ Ramphal Lecture Theatre

The panel for the debate will include:

Nigel Kershaw, Chairman of The Big Issue and Chief Executive of Big Issue Invest
Paul Hardie, a Beacon Fellow
Jamie Darwen, Project Manager of Warwick Volunteers
Joe Kirby, President of the University of Warwick Students’ Union
Corrinne Mackintosh, a recent graduate and Project Leader of the Warwick in Africa Teaching Project Anyone wishing  to attend the debate should email

For further information contact:          

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager,
Communications Office, University House University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 8UW 024 76 523708


PR97 PJD  6th November  2007