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From tiny acorns mighty oaks will grow

Civil Services Languages Network

When the Civil Service Languages Network (CSLN) began in October 2020, Matt Brown and Hugo Griffin had no idea the network would become the success it is today. The Spanish Network began with just five colleagues in DWP eating lunch …

Growing up in an alien country wasn't easy

Rabia Nasimi

Twenty-three years after fleeing Afghanistan’s warzone aged just five years old, Rabia Nasimi tells how she adjusted to a new life and language in London. Now a civil servant, Rabia works in the Afghan Resettlement Team, using her experience to …

Neurodiversity Celebration Week: supporting colleagues

Abigail Agyei

Abigail Agyei, a civil servant in the Department of Health and Social Care, shares her experiences with ADHD and dyspraxia, and explains how we can all support colleagues with neuro-differences. Last week (21 to 27 March) was Neurodiversity Celebration Week: …

Epilepsy Awareness - Purple Day 26 March 2022

image of the brain to show epilepsy

On Purple Day, hundreds of thousands of people across the globe come together to start conversations around epilepsy to raise awareness and fundraise to make a difference for people affected by the condition.      Clare Shillan, who works for the Cabinet …

Living with an eating disorder

image of scrabble letters spelling out eating disorders

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (28 February - 6 March) helps fight misunderstandings over anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders. It also highlights the importance of receiving professional help early. Below, Martin Riley shares his experiences. I can’t pinpoint …

New dawn for disability - our exciting plans for 2022

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Sunset to reflect a new dawn for disability

Deputy Civil Service Disability Champion Ben Merrick, a disability role model on dealing with his blindness, shares how the Civil Service continues to improve the workplace for disabled colleagues. Being disabled can often be seen as a barrier. I hope …

Tinnitus: From banging tunes to burglar alarms

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Image to reflect the plethora of sounds that impact sufferers of tinnitus

Alan Dillon, Head of Chancery from the British Embassy Muscat, on his experience of living with the hearing condition, tinnitus. ‘Buzzing, whooshing, humming, ringing, throbbing, hissing, music, singing.’ Dr Seuss could have hardly described it better had he rewritten his …

World Cancer Day: Big wins from small acts of kindness 

World Cancer Day 2022

Ahead of World Cancer Day on 4 February, Seonaid Webb tells how small kindnesses can help make such a difference to colleagues facing cancer. Over the past two years, the impact of COVID-19 on people affected by cancer has been …

Civil Service Awards: Helping Welsh businesses survive the pandemic

Civil Service 2021 Project Delivery Award Winner

During  the pandemic, one team in the Welsh Government freed up £2bn plus to help support businesses, communities and families. To help revitalise the Welsh economy, a cross Welsh Government team of civil servants formed the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) …

Civil Service Awards: Big win for the caring collaborators

CS Awards 21, One Civil Service

The Department of Health and Social Care’s ventilator team scoops the award for best Civil Service-wide collaboration - and they have never even met each other. Dubbed as a ‘career highlight’, the team responsible for the COVID-19 Oxygen, Ventilation, Medical …