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IoIC has launched a new space for members on its website, with an online community for users to interact and get access to IC insight that can help them develop their careers.

In response to calls from members for a space where they can interact with one another freely, IoIC has today launched a new online community.

Designed for members to share thoughts, ask questions, offer and receive support and engage with other IC professionals, this space on ioic.org.uk has been built to make connecting easier and more seamless.

Daniela Girardi, senior marketing executive at IoIC and project lead for the membership community, says: “We created this space to strengthen the sense of community among our members and to enhance the sense of belonging.”

IoIC’s community is easy to use. Members can access it on the IoIC website in the new members area – just click on My IoIC at the top right of the page. Here you’ll find content, knowledge, professional development support and much more – and, within the Online Community section, the new discussion groups.

Daniela says: “Our members area is where you’ll find plenty of exclusive content and latest updates, while the discussion groups are where you can interact and engage with one another, through posts and different chat topics.

“We want members to get involved and be engaged in these groups. Whether you’ve got a problem you’d like advice on, are looking for feedback or want to bounce ideas off your peers, our discussions groups are there for you to use.”

The online community isn’t just a place for work. Members can post lighter, social content, whether that be to discuss hobbies and interests or share photos of pets or their latest baking creation. IoIC has also set up a discussion group called “Reach out”, for members to use when they’d like an informal virtual catch-up with someone.

An evolving forum

IoIC plans to continue to develop its community and add new features as time goes on, but it wants to do this with members’ input.

“We will be listening, watching and moderating to make sure the content coming out of the community is beneficial,” says IoIC chief executive Jennifer Sproul, “and we’ve set up a group called “Suggestion box” for members to tell us what they think and share ideas on new features that they want to see.”

IoIC sees the community as another way to deliver a high standard of membership experience, and will use this channel to continue to improve its offer in other areas, based on the topics and issues that are attracting the greatest interest.

Members can read more about the online community in the July 2021 issue of Voice.

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