Here are a few comments from existing members on the benefits they have seen from participating in the network.
Having worked in the third sector for a number of years, primarily in health and social care, I find that the diverse nature of the charities involved in the CHRN has enabled me to develop my thinking beyond health and social care and to stay in touch with clever thinking that extends to the wider third sector. The network meetings have informative, engaging presentations and speakers and are also an excellent place to network and share ideas with fellow HR professionals. Given the challenges we face the network is also a good place to test possible solutions before committing organisational resources; it is always helpful to have the views and experiences of colleagues in similar organisations to compare and contrast with.
I've gained a huge amount from membership of CHRN. It’s given me ready access to like-minded professionals and as someone heading an HR department for the first time, I’ve felt reassured by the support of other members and have learnt a lot from them. We cover a lot of varied, interesting topics and debates are always lively and interesting. Being part of the Steering Group has made me better at networking and gives me time and space to think about the bigger picture as like most of us, I get caught up in the day to day running of the department so there are definite benefits for Crisis as well as me personally.
Having recently joined the Third Sector I was really keen to take advantage of the networking opportunities that the CHRN offers. In reality it has proved to be far more useful than simply networking with peers, although that is clearly very valuable! The regular updates on hot topics and the LinkedIn group have been extremely helpful in dealing with practical issues that sometimes need a different perspective in the Third Sector. Shortly after joining the network I was delighted to join the Steering Group and to try to have some input into the Networks’ agenda for the year ahead and the work that we do with partner organisations.
Being new to charity sector, I have found the network invaluable as an opportunity to meet peers across the sector and share stories and experiences of good practice; both at, and in between meetings. The group is welcoming and the meetings interesting and informative. I’ve always believed that no organisation should operate in isolation and understanding first-hand how new or emerging HR and people issues are being handled in other charities is of enormous value
I joined the CHRN following my promotion to Head of HR and have certainly felt the benefit of being a member. Not only do we get access to a wide range of interesting speakers but we have the opportunity to network and learn from each other’s experience. I also find our private LinkedIn Group really useful and have posted several questions to get input and ideas from other members. I joined the Steering Group four years ago and have enjoyed being able to help shape the CHRN agenda based on what our members want from the network.