Now published: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Our first look at Volunteering for 2015 runs to 39 pages in total. The lead article is from National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and they discuss volunteering and diversity also provide lots of tips on how best to attract, motivate and retain volunteers whilst ensuring diversity within a volunteer work force. The Campaign for National Parks has been running their Mosaic project since 2001, the project aims to introduce new people to national parks and the countryside, the Project Manager gives some details about what Mosaic does and how volunteers can get involved. Social media is now a main tool in any organisations promotional activity, Community Supported Agriculture provides some information on how to use social media to best effect and how to involve volunteers in the process. There’s never been a better time to employ an Apprentice.. so say the National Apprenticeship Service, how easy is it and why should you look to this form of employment to train future employees. They also provide some case studies from the Lake District National Park Authority. Toads will soon be making the perilous journey to their breeding grounds; Steve Rogers, Co-ordinator of Osmotherley Toad Rescue in North Yorkshire analyses some very interesting data on toad patrols, in a bid to answer the question ‘Can toad patrols make a difference?’  This edition also includes 111 specific volunteer positions most included only in the Focus and many adverts for projects, websites, work days & volunteering offers. Read it here