Now published: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with The Conservation Volunteers

40 pages in total with the lead article from The Conservation Volunteers providing details on traineeships and how this method of learning and gaining experience is effectively supporting an increasing number of young people into employment. Keep Scotland Beautiful will launch their Spring Clean in April; the Clean Up Scotland campaign has been working for 10 years to encourage communities to take pride in their area and make it cleaner. Initially an 18 month project, ‘Nature for Health’ with Denbighshire County Council has been granted a year’s extension to continue the work of improving wellbeing using social prescribing. Debs Carter is now a Countryside Ranger with West Sussex County Council; she manages volunteers on her sites. The hours of volunteering she has under her belt has definitely made her a better volunteer manager. The heavy flooding in North Yorkshire in July 2019 destroyed thousands of metres of dry stone wall. Dry Stone Walling Association to the rescue; we find out how mass volunteering during the Reeth Wallathon was organised. The Volunteer Ranger role with North Norfolk District Council is a sought after way in to conservation work. We talked to the current Ranger Olly about what he gets up to in the job. In 2011 it was discovered that there were skills gaps in species identification. FSC Biolinks is a project working to develop volunteers with the skills necessary to address these knowledge gaps. The Community Ambassador volunteer role was launched by Northumberland Wildlife Trust in 2019 in a bid to expand its brand awareness engage new communities in the wildlife movement. Meet some Ambassadors. CJS can boast 25 years of advertising volunteer roles; our Editor Kerryn runs through the changes we have seen both in types of volunteering available and the number of roles available. This edition also carries 94 voluntary vacancies and 88 smaller adverts for work day opportunities, surveys, organisations and projects.
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