12 February 2015
2014 saw a great contribution made by BIFM's Regional and Special Interest Group (SIG) committees for the benefit of our membership.
They delivered more than 150 events, with more than 7,600 delegates having registered. This was approximately a 50 per cent increase in the number of events being delivered, which is a hugely impressive achievement by our communities.
In 2015 we will continue to build on and support the hard work and dedication our volunteers bring to the many groups and communities within BIFM. Throughout BIFM we have ambitious plans to improve the services we deliver to members across the institute and our regional and SIG committees will play a crucial role in this.
In 2015 we are starting an exciting journey of supporting our regions and SIG committees to function in a much more collaborative way.
This will include the sharing of knowledge, contacts and resources to improve the quality of our events. We are extremely excited to start focusing on increased support for our voluntary members internationally. We already have a branch in the Republic of Ireland, a networking group in the United Arab Emirates and we hope to develop more groups internationally during 2015.
This is an exciting time to volunteer and support the BIFM in achieving its mission to be "The professional body responsible for promoting excellence in FM for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society".
Volunteering is not only a chance to help others, but also provides you with an opportunity to learn new skills from other professionals, network and have fun with like-minded professionals. BIFM volunteers contribute to the institute in a wide variety of ways:
- Becoming a committee member on a region or SIG;
- Being a FM technical expert;
- Taking part in 'FM Leaders Forums';
- Writing articles for BIFM;
- Promoting FM in schools, colleges, universities and places of employment;
- Reviewing papers and 'Good Practice Guides' in your area of expertise;
- Speaking at region, SIG and national events; and
- Helping to author new publications.
With 26 regions, branches and SIGs and many other opportunities to get involved, there is something that will appeal to anyone wanting to support the direction of the institute, its members and the development of FM as a profession.
BIFM would like to thank our network of volunteers who enable the institute to support and grow the FM profession.