Volunteering with the CIPD Trust

What we expect from you and what you can expect from the CIPD Trust

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The CIPD Trust is powered by the skills and expertise of people professionals. Donating your knowledge, experience and time removes barriers to work for individuals and by working together we can create more inclusive workplaces where everyone feels that they belong. This makes a huge difference to the individuals with which we work!

I joined HR because I wanted to make a difference to organisations and to people. Signing up to be a mentor gave me an opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life, and a chance to share my experiences to help them build confidence to accelerate their career. The most valuable thing I learned was how to support others with a completely different set of experiences and perspectives who I may not have met otherwise.

Steph Evans-Hill, Head of HR

What can you expect from us?

  • We’ll support you to channel your interests and expertise to make a positive change.
  • Before getting involved in our work we’ll have a conversation with you to discuss the opportunity and explore whether or not it is a good fit for you or whether there may be an opportunity that better meets your skillset and interests.
  • We’ll be clear about what skills and experience we’re looking for.
  • We’ll be open about how much time we expect you to give to a programme and how long that programme will last.

How will you be supported?

  • While you are involved in our work you will have a named member of the Trust team to check in with. We’re here throughout to answer any questions.
  • We’ll give you the opportunity to connect with other people professionals. This might take the form of group calls or being part of an online group.
  • We’ll help you to learn from your involvement and reflect on changes to your people practice.
  • When you have finished on a programme we’ll always give you the opportunity to reflect on how it went with a member of the Trust team.
  • We’ll be transparent about giving you feedback and we’ll be clear about our expectations of you.
  • We’ll collaborate with you to improve and further our work and we’ll listen when you give us feedback.

I love my job, love being an HR professional and love the opportunity to be able to give back to future people leaders too.

Stuart Branch, Group People & Technology Director

What do we expect from you?

  • You’ll use your expertise, skills and experience to support the aims of the CIPD Trust.
  • You’ll need to commit to the length of the programme that you have signed up to. If something happens unexpectedly that may impact on your ability to help we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can set out any adjustments or next steps.
  • While you’re involved in our work we’ll ask you to keep us updated on your progress. We’ll  offer a few different ways for you to update us and stay in touch.
  • You’ll respect the confidentiality of the work you’re engaged with.
  • If you have any feedback about the process or the impact of the work of the CIPD Trust we ask that you bring it to a member of our team rather than any partners we may be working with or other individuals on the same programme.
  • You’ll conduct all relationships that you form through the CIPD Trust in a respectful and professional manner.
  • You’ll always act in a way which supports and upholds the standards, reputation, values and virtues of the profession.
  • You won’t misuse your involvement with the CIPD Trust for personal, material or financial gain or the appearance of such.

Opportunities to volunteer your expertise

Discover how you can use your skills to tackle barriers to work


Support a person with a conviction to find work

Empower people with experience of the criminal justice system to re-enter the workplace and thrive.

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Mentor a parent returning to the workforce

Boost the confidence of a parent and help them find the right job to return to.

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Support a woman in prison back to work

Use your expertise in employee development and recruitment to help someone to re-enter the workplace and thrive.

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Mentor a refugee to succeed in work

Use your unique skills to support refugees to re-enter the workplace in the UK and develop in existing roles.

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