CIPD branches are run on a voluntary basis by our members. Working together in committees our branch volunteers give their time to running a programme of developmental, inspirational, networking and learning event for people professionals. Their valuable work embodies our purpose.

CIPD CEO, Peter Cheese explains more:

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There are different committee roles available to allow branch volunteers to give as much or little time as they can, and to use their existing people management skills or develop new skills including using new systems, learning about event planning, team building, communicating or business planning.

Branch volunteering provides a growing network of like-minded professional contacts, plus derives value from developing skills, forming useful local links, promoting good practice, and raising the profile of your profession.

Value for you – value for the people profession

The value and benefit derived from volunteering are well documented and reiterated by many of those running our branches, who feel that utilising their skills and experience in support of developing the people profession feels great. They tell us that their volunteer branch work allowed them to:

  • learn or develop new skills and gain practical experience
  • meet new people, develop broader local and professional networks
  • give back to the profession and local community
  • contribute experience to new CIPD initiatives, research and perspective
  • take on new challenges.

As well as making a positive difference to the lives of others and providing local professional connections for CIPD members, branch volunteering helps develop skills that will contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD) and your own career journey.

We surveyed our branch volunteers in 2018 and 461 responded. They told us that their branch work provided the following:

70% Willingness to try new things

Handling grievances

85% Sense that I am making a useful contribution

Team building

62% Awareness of the effects of actions on others

Performance management

60% Confidence in personal abilities 

Stress and well-being

53% Sense of self-esteem

Online communities

73% Engagement with the people profession 

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71% Sense of belonging to the profession

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If you want to learn more, contact your local branch or the CIPD Branch Development team.

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