13 February 2017

Now published: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Keep Britain Tidy

29 pages in total with over 80 adverts for volunteers and lots of listings for voluntary organisations and workdays, the lead article is from Keep Britain Tidy; with an army of 336,000 formal & informal volunteers KBT is working towards their aim of eliminating litter, improving local places & ending waste. This year has seen the launch of the Great British Spring Clean and it is hoped that half a million people will be mobilised to get out and make their neighbourhood one of which they can be proud. As countryside professionals learn how you and your organisations can get involved. Volunteering Scotland maintain the key to a successful volunteering programme is volunteer engagement; find out more about their Volunteer Management Model. CIEEM accept that getting onto the career ladder in our profession is challenging, but having carried out some research to identify skills gaps and skills shortages in the sector, they are better placed than most to advise how best to break in. Read about guidance they have produced on providing a worthwhile work experience for both the employer & job seeker. A notable amount of hedgelaying is carried out by volunteer groups but the experience can sometimes fall short of the mark. Derrick Hale discusses how he has worked with many trainers and volunteers and gives some guidance to ensure the day goes well for the volunteers and the hedge. You need more volunteers – why not have a volunteer recruitment event? New Forest National Park is in the seventh year of their Volunteer Fair and provide 10 steps to a successful event including how best to choose your date & venue along with promotion. Read it here