Our members support and champion our mission of Championing Better Work and Working Lives in a number of ways;

  • volunteering to support someone out of work to gain confidence and employability skills
  • supporting careers leaders in schools to bring the world of work to life
  • working with charities and small businesses without an HR function
  • offering to mentor future leaders
  • through our thriving, vibrant network of 52 local branches run by CIPD members on a voluntary basis.

For many of our volunteers, whilst they are working with us to drive change in their own and other organisations, volunteering also supports their own professional development. Volunteering helps to develop key skills including confidence, strategic thinking and leadership. All our volunteering and mentoring programmes support our work around Diversity and Inclusion, Wellbeing and Skills.

We are proud of this fantastic commitment and will continue to seek out and provide high quality volunteering opportunities which make a real impact.

CIPD Chief Executive, Peter Cheese, says: ‘Our focus in recent years has been to develop new opportunities for HR and L&D professionals to share and enhance their skills and experience while giving back to wider communities. These opportunities, all in support of championing better work and working lives, have inspired thousands more of you to volunteer, contributing to the reputation and influence of the CIPD and wider profession. I am immensely proud to head up an organisation where thousands of members are prepared to give back to each other and the wider world in this way, reinforcing the values we have as a profession.’

Our volunteering and mentoring programmes support the following areas, find out more by clicking through:

Young people

Support young people as they think about their careers and take their first steps into the workplace

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CIPD Branches

Our network of local branches creates one of the most vibrant and engaging face-to-face communities for people professionals across the UK. With over 1,000 CPD, learning and networking activities across the year, the branches are one of our strongest channels to engage and support the profession

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Make your impact count

Volunteering through one of our programmes is a great way to develop and demonstrate the core knowledge and behaviour standards set out in the new Profession Map and truly live the purpose and values

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Information and advice for organisations on supporting parents back to the workplace after a career break, as well as a dedicated area for parent returners

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