Going Above and Beyond During the Pandemic

Published: 17 Dec 2020
Last reviewed: 20 Apr 2021

We talk to the Social Impact Team at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development about their volunteering programmes.

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, we've been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.

With hubs in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia, we're the career partner of choice for more than 150,000 members around the world. We're the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and our independent research and insights make us trusted advisers to governments and employers.

The credibility of the people profession is based on the fundamental commitment to self-improvement, and we are committed to helping our members achieve this - but this doesn’t always have to be via the routes you might think. We offer opportunities for People Professionals to stretch and develop their professional skills through volunteering roles, often providing life-changing support for those in need of the unique skill set the profession can offer – more crucial than ever in current times. Our volunteering programmes are run by our fantastic Social Impact team, who were delighted to achieve ‘highly commended’ at the memcom 2020 awards, in the Team of the Year category.

Volunteering is hugely beneficial for wellbeing and motivation, which is welcome during the uncertainty we are living and working in. It’s a fantastic benefit for any membership organisation to offer their members – during a survey we conducted during the first lockdown period in March, 75% told us that they wanted to volunteer straight away. It can be an incredibly rewarding experience which really enhances your professional profile – in any sector. Our Social Impact team has gone above and beyond this year to expand our volunteer programme in response to the pandemic, helping those in need whilst also providing rewarding opportunities for our members – from providing HR support for charities to revamping our Steps Ahead Mentoring programme to help young unemployed people find work.



Can non-members and members of other professions get involved?

We also have an opportunity uniquely available to members and non-member professionals in any sector - the Enterprise Advisor programme (run by the Careers and Enterprise Company), which places experienced professionals as volunteers in schools and colleges to develop an impactful careers programme for students. A recent survey by The Prince’s Trust found that 44% of young people aged 16-25 have lower aspirations for the future as a result of the pandemic. Providing careers guidance in schools and colleges is essential to help young people regain confidence in their future.

Enterprise Advisors work directly with a school or college's leadership team to develop a careers programme and create connections between schools and local employers, to bring the world of work to life for students. This helps them think about where their skills and interests fit best. 

If you are keen to keep your skills up to date whilst creating a brighter future for the next generation of jobseekers, find out more at https://www.cipd.co.uk/learn/volunteer/supporting-young-people/become-enterprise-adviser. You can also find out more about our other programmes run by our award-winning team at https://www.cipd.co.uk/learn/volunteer.


About the memcom membership excellence awards

The memcom awards celebrate success in the fields of People & Leadership, Marketing & Communications, Digital, Engagement and Print. The 2021 awards are now open for nominations and more details can be found here.