By Liz Alexander

On Thursday 8th June I visited CIPD in Wimbledon as part of Merton Chamber of Commerce’s 25th anniversary celebrations. CIPD is the professional body for HR & People Development. All the Chamber staff were asked to visit a member of the Chamber of Commerce to see exactly what the organisation was like.
I was invited to spend the day with Jackie Dedman from CIPD who had arranged a Health & Wellbeing Day for the staff.

This event usually takes place twice a year. Seminars were arranged through out the day & covered a range of topics which included mental health issues, nutrition & legal disputes. There were also massage sessions, blood pressure checks, an energising walking session & a visit by a local lady called Hillary with her guide dog Coco. During the lunch period there were stalls where staff could talk to people about beauty products, weight loss, smoking & a visit by the local gym to name a few.

A bit of background on CIPD…
Starting off as The Welfare workers Association in 1913. They have changed their name several times over the years becoming CIPD in 2000.
They first moved to Wimbledon village from their London office in 1981 when they inherited a house there. To encourage staff to relocate they provided a free daily lunch which still continues today in their current office in Wimbledon Broadway.

As an organisation they encourage their staff to become involved in voluntary work in the community.
They connect business professionals to schools. They also enable people to mentor job seekers and help them find work. Another area is one where they encourage others to use their skills to help support smaller charities.
They offer their meeting rooms to other businesses within the area such as the Polka theatre & Love Wimbledon. They have also held a tea party for local businesses to network.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day at CIPD. I would like to thank the staff who chatted to me and told me all about the organisation and who all made me feel very welcome. An especially big thank you must go to Jackie, not only for having me there for the day but for all the hard work it took to put on such an event.