The Charity for Civil Servants

The Charity for Civil Servant's mission is to support all civil servants, past and present, throughout their lives, with whatever problems they may have.
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Among those helped by The Charity for Civil Servants is Aiden who works with the Department of Work and Pensions. He needed therapy after a homophobic attack. The therapy helped, but the cost of sessions was financially crippling. The Charity stepped in and paid the fees.

"I didn't feel deserving of the support at the time, but I am so glad I pushed past those feelings. The person I spoke to from the Charity was kind and respectful of my situation," he says.

"She helped me with the application and I was ecstatic to find out it was a success. It was very emotional to be granted financial support for something so important to me and I will always be grateful for that."

Apart from providing financial support, the Charity advises civil servants and their families. It also gives back to the wider community. For the past year, it has partnered with Whizz-kidz, which promotes workplace access for young adults who use a wheelchair. One work placement has been completed and a second is underway.

The Civil Service Benevolent Fund was established in 1886 to support the widows and orphans of civil servants. It was set up on a mutual model, but in 1947 it opened up to civil servants in need and their dependents, irrespective of contribution. In 2012, it became The Charity for Civil Servants.

Its vision is to be a lifelong community in which people support each other when life takes a turn for the worse.

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Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

73% of staff agreed

I feel a strong sense of family in my team

The Charity runs social hubs for staff to share their interests and hobbies while building relationships and supporting each other. For those who love singing, there is a staff choir.
Leadership

81% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

Everyone is encouraged to speak to Graham Hooper, the chief executive, and offer ideas, ask questions or raise any issues. He has introduced all-staff away days, which now take place online, and invite staff to have a say in how the organisation develops.
Giving Something Back

79% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

The Charity partners with others, from Anxiety UK and Dementia UK to Relate, to support those in the civil service community. Many staff support charities on a personal level. One took part in the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s Strictly Ballroom event to raise funds with the backing of his colleagues.
My Team
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73% of staff agreed

I feel a strong sense of family in my team

The Charity runs social hubs for staff to share their interests and hobbies while building relationships and supporting each other. For those who love singing, there is a staff choir.
Leadership
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81% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

Everyone is encouraged to speak to Graham Hooper, the chief executive, and offer ideas, ask questions or raise any issues. He has introduced all-staff away days, which now take place online, and invite staff to have a say in how the organisation develops.
Giving Something Back
96%

79% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

The Charity partners with others, from Anxiety UK and Dementia UK to Relate, to support those in the civil service community. Many staff support charities on a personal level. One took part in the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s Strictly Ballroom event to raise funds with the backing of his colleagues.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1886
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
46
Employee average age
36% : 64%
Male : Female employee ratio
41%
Employees earning £35k+
12%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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We believe that having passionate staff who feel supported to do their roles helps us be the Charity we want to be for those we are here to support. We have done various additional things to support employee wellbeing recently and we have checked in several times with everyone to see if consider they are getting the support and relationship with their manager they need and sufficient communication. We will continue to seek staff views new policies for staff.

Elizabeth Dymond, Director of Finance and Corporate Services - The Charity for Civil Servants

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