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Mental health and internal comms go hand-in-hand

Cal Monaghan, Internal Communications Manager at the Health and Safety Executive, explores the link between internal communications and mental health, and the integral influence on civil servants. For many civil servants, we’ve been incredibly lucky to continue working through the …

Civil Service Awards 2020: Health and Wellbeing

The Health & Wellbeing Award went to Gillian Whitworth from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Gillian triumphed in this category for her compassion, courage and commitment in promoting awareness of eating disorders in the workplace, a debilitating but often …

Talking Through Grief - the crucial role of managers

This second blog in our bereavement series, aims to ease and open up conversations between managers and staff about grief and loss. Below, three civil servants share their thoughts on these vital conversations. Siân and manager Angela, both work in …

World Cancer Day 2021

To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, Seonaid Webb, talks about how we are ensuring the Civil Service is more confident to support people affected by cancer. Having been diagnosed with cancer myself in 2016, and now as chair …

How to be a Steve

Angela Macdonald on how small acts of kindness and humanity can make a huge difference to colleagues during the fight against Covid. It’s strange to think as I write this reflection on leadership, that a new year has begun. As …

Disability and the Media

Some media, press and even charities portray disability as inspirational, negative, sad or even tragic. But how do people with disabilities really want to be viewed? There is no shortage of famous role models with a disability such as Andrea …

Are you deaf or hard of hearing? If so, you’re not alone

As the title says, for those working in the Civil Service who are deaf or hard of hearing, you’re not alone.  According to the British Deaf Association in 2011, it is estimated, there are 151,000 people in the UK who …

Mental Health First Aid: why it matters

My young daughter came home from school yesterday with a massive hole in her thick blue tights, with some pink bloodied skin poking through. I asked what had happened, and listened sympathetically as she explained how the game of “the …

What is it like to have visual impairment?

What is it like to have visual impairment? In 2009, Simon Skerritt, a Ministry of Defence employee, feared a future of blindness when he suddenly lost sight in his left eye. Below Simon recounts his experiences. I have had visual …

Did you know that cancer is classed as a disability under the Equality Act?

Sadly in the UK, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and around 1 million people of working age, currently have cancer. Given the significant number of people affected (including many thousands of carers and …