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Civil Service Sports Council Active Wellbeing

Civil Service Sports Council Active Wellbeing represents the organisation’s biggest push to get the Civil Service moving. Over 10,000 colleagues took part in 2023’s challenge, and 2024 is set to be its biggest and most inclusive yet. CSSC’s CEO Matt …

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 – Why it matters to civil servants

Michael Livingston reflects on how the UK Government saved his grandfather from persecution, and why marking Holocaust Memorial Day is more important than ever, especially for those serving the public. On 31 January 1939, Friedrich (Fred) Weiss landed at Harwich …

Using data to end rough sleeping

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At DLUHC, Charlie O’Halloran’s team have built a new data framework to give them fresh insights into the complex nature of rough sleeping   When I joined the Civil Service and Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Directorate in late 2021, I had …

Seven ways to make the Civil Service more innovative…

Simon Baugh, Chief Executive, Government Communication Service

The fast pace of technological change is creating new opportunities for how we can deliver exceptional public service. But I’ve always thought that telling people: “Be more innovative!” is a fairly unhelpful instruction. Over the last six months, I’ve been …

Celebrating East and South East Asian Heritage Month

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As September awaits around the corner, civil servant Michelle Chan explores East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month and its significance within the Civil Service and in wider society September takes on a lot of meaning for many. Autumn …

From Paratrooper to Padre - two very different leaps of faith, one calling

Reservist Julian Hendy-Ibbs at Arnhem

Following a call to ordination in the Church of England, life took an unusual twist when civil servant Julian Hendy-Ibbs signed up to become a part-time paratrooper I’m Lance Corporal Julian Hendy-Ibbs, I serve with Signals Platoon, HQ Company, 4PARA …

How good content design makes it easier to move jobs across government

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Chris Spencer, Content Designer, Government People Group, shares how his team used informed content design to make it easier for civil servants to move departments.  Approximately 24,000 civil servants transfer between government departments every year. However, the current process is …

Ensuring support for our carers

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Three years after launching the Civil Service Carers’ Strategy, Alex Chisholm and Rebecca Sudworth, Civil Service Permanent Secretary Lead and Deputy Lead for Carers, provide an update on progress.    Today marks the start of Carers Week 2023. In the Civil Service, around a fifth …

Digital accessibility - working together to break down barriers

Ben Merrick, Director, Joint Funds Unit, Cabinet Office,

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 18 May 2023, visually impaired civil servant Ben Merrick shares the importance of inclusion at work. Global Accessibility Awareness Day was established 12 years ago to get everyone talking about digital access and inclusion. As …

A new job can be scary, talking about your anxiety shouldn’t be

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Starting a new job can be daunting at the best of times, but for someone living with anxiety this can be even harder. Civil Service recruit Alex Lennie talks about the importance of being able to talk openly to her …