Volunteering in conservation and unemployment

Research has discovered that volunteer labour is worth, on average, 36 per cent of the total cost of managing Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s protected sites. Researchers were surprised to find that there appears to be no link between social deprivation in an area and numbers of volunteers. http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1414.

New on Voluntary Action History Society website, an article gathering together government-led volunteering initiatives for the unemployed, in ‘Unemployed and working for free – history repeating?’ http://www.vahs.org.uk/2013/03/unemployed-and-working-for-free/.