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Library of articles from CJS Focus on Volunteering dating back to 2005.

Articles cover everything from the benefits of volunteering to how organisations can best set up volunteering programmes.


Click on the article title to read or the Full edition link (PDF) , please note this contains all the adverts from the original edition, many of these may now be out of date and we ask you to proceed with caution if you're following up any of these.

Articles are checked on a regular basis and many have been updated since they were first published.


CJS Focus covers a range of subjects e.g. environmental education, working with wildlife and animals, countryside skills traditional and modern, overcoming barriers.  Read all editions here.


New research explores young people’s experience of environmental volunteering, in-depth article from Traverse


logo: Woodland Trust11 February 2019, in association with the Woodland Trust

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Lead article: UK’s first young people’s forest to bring mass volunteering opportunity, the Woodland Trust

Take the plunge…volunteer during Student Volunteering Week

Developing volunteering for all in National Parks, South Downs National Park Authority

Celebrating 100 years of forestry and raising awareness of volunteering, Forestry Commission

Wildlife volunteering on the RSPCA frontline

Volunteering with the Mendip Hills AONB – Events and Publicity Volunteers

Volunteering: a week to remember, Volunteers Week


logo: TCV - The Conservation Volunteers17 September 2018, in association with the TCV, the community volunteering charity

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Lead article: Winter is coming - time to volunteer!, TCV

The Importance of being a Trustee, Froglife

Becoming a livestock checker, Lancashire Wildlife Trust

How volunteering got me the job, Beth Aucott

I've always thought about residential volunteering but wasn't sure because..., Q & A with RSPB

Citizen Science: A Speedy Way to Support Wildlife and your Career?, OPAL


logo: National Trust12 February 2018, in association with the National Trust

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Lead article: The importance of volunteering with the National Trust
Corporate Social Responsibility, perspectives from Keep Wales Tidy
Wildlife Trust Trainee scheme proves valuable to the future careers of biological recorders & biodiversity alike, Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Why the UK's National Parks are celebrating their Volunteers
What volunteers want (& how the Canal & River Trust tries to provide it)


logo: RSPB18 September 2017, in association with RSPB

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Lead article: Get clarity, save nature and boost your career with The RSPB

The 'V' Word - why you shouldn't turn your back on volunteering, A Focus on Nature

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something, Countryside Management Association

Volunteer Photographers with WWT

How practical work days can benefit you, Canal & River Trust

Rangers helping Rangers - Is the answer in our hands?, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

New ways of finding volunteers, Kent Wildlife Trust

Volunteering at Dean Castle Country Park - something for everyone, Dean Castle Country Park 


logo: Keep Britain Tidy13 Febuary 2017, in association with Keep Britain Tidy

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Lead article: Keeping Britain Tidy - volunteering and spring cleaning, Keep Britain Tidy

Volunteer Management - the Essentials, Volunteer Scotland

So you want to work in ecology and environmental management? CIEEM

Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge Laying Group

10 steps to a successful volunteer fair, New Forest National Park Authority


logo: Groundwork19 September 2016, in association with Groundwork

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Lead article: Giving communities the tools to create better places, Groundwork

You think your site would benefit from a “Friends of” group but don’t know where to start?, CJS with thanks to Leeds City Council

Young volunteers develop work skills for future, East Lothian Council

A Wonderful Wildcat Experience, James Walker

How citizens can supprt science and conservation, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)

Its not just about getting muddy at the RSPB


logo: The Conservation Volunteers15 February 2016, in association with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

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Lead article: Is speed volunteering the future?, TCV

Speed Volunteering helps busy Londoners get outside and volunteer, Team London

Citizen scientists sought to help survey storm-lashed Scottish coastline, SAMS

Volunteer Driven Success at Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

The Benefits of Recruiting Retired People as Conservation Volunteers, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Trust a Mole to Help, Lower Mole Countryside Trust

Offering traineeships - what's in it for the organisation?, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Grow your talented team with apprenticeships, Apprenticemakers

Helping secure a brighter future for people living and working in the countryside, The Princes Countryside Fund 


logo: National Trust24 August 2015 in association with the National Trust

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Lead article: Volunteering in the Outdoors with the National Trust

Grow your own through volunteering - the RSPB approach

Countryside Ranger Training - The Next Generation, North Ayrshire Council

Do you note the first cuckoo in spring?, Biological Records Centre

Conservation Volunteering; from Pastime to Pay Packet, the National Trust for Scotland

Green Angels create magic in Liverpool Park, The land Trust


logo: NCVO9 February 2015 in association with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

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Can toad patrols make a difference?, Osmotherley Road Rescue


logo: TCV - The Conservation Volunteers15 September 2014, in association with The Conservation Volunteers   

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Lead article: When waders and bankers combine the results can be wonderful, TCV

Nature conservation in the Digital Age, dot.rural

Matching Volunteer Expectations at WWT

'Can you get 'your' volunteers to do this for me?', Canal & River Trust

The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) evolves


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)10 February 2014, In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

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Volunteering: developing relationships on Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Graduate volunteers do the Groundwork to unlock green jobs, Groundwork

Fixing the fells - an all-weather task, Fix the Fells

Volunteering for MARINElife, MARINElife

The value of giving a little time - Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering, Institue of Volunteering Research with NCVO 


Older articles

Lead Article: Association of Countryside Volunteers

The Value of Volunteering, Natural England

I just want to be your friend, East Lothian Council

The differing roles of conservation Volunteers, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Recording Nature's Calendar, Woodland Trust

Some Golden Rules of Volunteer Management, The Association of Volunteer Managers

Pentland Hills Regional Park Voluntary Ranger Service

How can I help?, Bat Conservation Trust

Shadow Ranger Scheme, Forestry Commission

Volunteering in the Countryside sector in Scotland, SCRA

Speaking loud about volunteers, SCRA

How volunteer tree champions make a difference, The Tree Council

All about SCRA


Full editions:

23 September 2013

18 February 2013

20 February 2012

14 February 2011

8 February 2010

9 February 2009

18 February 2008

19 Febraury 2007

20 February 2006 

21 February 2005