Charity begins at school

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Raising money for charity is more than just an act of kindness. Here, Claire Cruft explains how engaging staff, students and parents in charitable events unites the school community, teaches valuable life skills and gives students the space and opportunity to discuss difficult subjects such as cancer.

Academic success is not the only spoke in the wheel of a well-rounded adult. Employers are looking for young people who are rounded and grounded.

In the CBI’s 2014 ‘Changing the Pace’ survey, employers outlined that they are looking for teamwork, self-management, problem solving, communication and enterprise skills. These skills aren’t only vital for work but for learning and life.

At Macmillan, we believe that teaching our young people to be selfless, to think of others ahead of themselves, and to support good causes – great and small – is as important as teaching them to read and write.

A generous generation
The evidence suggests that young people today instinctively want to give. Data from the Charities Aid Foundation’s ‘Growing up Giving’ report shows that when it comes to charity and to charitable donations, young people expect much of society – of businesses, of parents and indeed of themselves.

Teenagers see charities and social enterprises, alongside personal volunteering and social action, as the most important agents for positive change in their local communities with three out of five thinking…



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