In 2019, we embarked on a restructure of our regional network of volunteer branches following a consultation with various stakeholders. The Branch network has operated for over fifty years and has made a huge difference to the place of science in UK society, creating many hours of pleasure for their audiences. They have been able to reach local groups that are typically hard to reach for a national organisation, and we are forever indebted to them.

However, since the implementation of our new mission and strategy in 2014 and following a consultation with the Branches in 2018, we have decided that our relationship with the members of the network also needs to change. We will no longer be managing the network in a formal capacity, but we will maintain an arms-length relationship with the various groups. Our hope is that this will help us focus more on building relationships with organisations who reach audiences that are currently under-served for science engagement, allowing us to better serve our organisation mission, while also allowing the former Branches to have the freedom to adapt the content and format of their events to fit the needs of the audiences they want to reach.

If you would like to find out more about the changes, read our news piece, dated April 2019, here.

Moving forward, we are keen to help support the Branches in their new guises. When the new structure has rolled out completely, we will share the new groups’ pages, so you can find out how to get involved. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] with any questions you may have, or visit our resources page for help with your volunteer group. You can also visit ScienceLive to find volunteer opportunities.