Benefits of working with Cranfield Trust
Recognising that you are helping charities who do not have the expertise to solve specific HR problems raised by or affecting their staff. Also appreciating that you are enhancing the knowledge and expertise of the charity’s management through liaising with them in solving their problems. As a volunteer, I am always learning something new from each project or problem I tackle.
What I have learnt from working with Cranfield Trust
For each project or problem raised by a charity, however simple the solution may appear to me, it is a significant issue for the charity, possibly involving short-term stress for the people involved, and is handled by me with the same degree of concern and professionalism as a more complex referral. It is important for me to treat each new project or problem as if it was my first, and not to rely on my past reputation, experience or expertise in the HR field. As a volunteer, my initial contacts with each charity are aimed at not only understanding the facts of the project or case, but at establishing a rapport with the key contacts in the charity.
Why I would recommend others to support the work with Cranfield Trust
It is rewarding to know that you are solving a charity’s problems and relieving the stress of their key people, from the appreciation they express to you on completion or resolution of the issue. Each project or case handled enhances your continuing professional development. Cranfield Trust staff are a joy to work with and are so appreciative of their volunteers’ work and support.
What is special about Cranfield Trust and why does it matter
The charity members have access to specialist expertise in such a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from the input of someone from outside the organisation taking a broad view on the issues involved. It is hugely reassuring for charity members to have this expertise available, to advise on their problems, in such a short timescale. Unbelievably, the service provision is free to charity members.