Jun 2024

Celebrating Volunteers' Week: The importance of giving back

IGEM Volunteering

Volunteers' Week celebrates the remarkable impact volunteers have on communities throughout the UK.

Beginning on the first Monday in June each year, this celebration provides an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the UK's exceptional volunteers for their contributions to our local communities.

In 2021/22, 34% of respondents (approximately 16 million people in England) participated in volunteering at least once a month. 

Importance of volunteering 

As well as helping others, volunteering can be a great way to gain more experience, make connections and add to your CPD

Volunteering can significantly enhance professional relationships, improve technical skills and gain insider knowledge and connections.

Contribute to your CPD

Volunteering plays a crucial role in CPD by offering practical experiences that go alongside formal education and on-the-job training.

Participating in volunteer projects presents opportunities to work in more diverse teams, composed of professionals from various backgrounds that you can learn from. 

Learn new skills and advance your career

By engaging in volunteer activities, tomorrows' engineers can apply their technical skills in new and diverse situations, adding to their expertise and staying up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies. 

Volunteering can also open doors to new job opportunities. The skills and experiences gained through volunteer work are highly transferable and can make a candidate stand out in a competitive job market. 

IGEM volunteering opportunities

As discussed, volunteering offers numerous benefits, providing a rewarding way to give back to the gas industry. There are several volunteering opportunities available at IGEM including:

  • Becoming an ordinary member of Council: Contributing to the future direction of IGEM. Open to members only, with the potential to become a future President.
  • Participating in a committee: Providing specialist expertise and valuable input in decision-making processes, ensuring effective and efficient operations.
  • Helping to run your local IGEM Section: Volunteering in one of our sections, assisting with governance and operations.
  • Joining a specialist panel: Assisting in updating and producing technical standards or contributing to our Gi journal.
  • Becoming a mentor: Supporting others in achieving their goals.


Thank you to our volunteers!

We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and hard work of our 608 volunteers who have collectively contributed 11,524 hours of support to the gas industry this past year. Your commitment, passion, and selflessness have made a huge impact, and we couldn’t be more proud to have you as part of our team.



If you are inspired and want to be a part of our team, we encourage you to explore our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteering is not only a way to give back to the industry but also a chance to develop new skills, expand your professional network, and advance your career.