Date: March 18
Financial capability is all about enabling you to make informed decisions about your money and finances both now and in the future. What influences your behaviour around money? Financial Capability is about understanding your motivations, skills and knowledge – so that you can take action and make the most of your money.
The Charity for Civil Servants has a new animated learning toolkit which helps you focus on financial capability and how to make the most of your money. It is supported by new online resources from The Money Advice Service.
You can also organise an event to share this support with your colleagues. If you’d like to hold a ‘Making Money Matter’ event in your workplace, you can book an event here.
For further information and advice from the Charity, take a look at their website: www.foryoubyyou.org.uk or call to speak to an Advisor in confidence on Freephone 0800 056 2424.
Date: January 18
If you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems, you are a carer.You might feel that you’re doing what anyone else would in your situation; looking after your mum, son, or best friend and just getting on with it, but it's important to know you are a carer and are recognised by others for doing a vital job - especially because caring can be physically and emotionally demanding.
Throughout, The Charity for Civil Servants is running a nationwide awareness campaign to highlight the support available to our Civil Service community on all aspects of caring. We’re also keen to encourage others to spread the word about our support. If you’re interested in applying for help or think you’d like to be an advocate, please check out our website for details of how to Get Help and Give Help.
If you’re new to caring and aren’t sure where to start, the Charity can provide you with a wealth of information and advice.
If you’re a working civil servant, our Carer’s Passport could help communication with your employer about the things that would make it easier for you to balance your work commitments and caring responsibilities.
You may also want to explore what support is available to you outside of work and a Carer’s Statement may help you with this. It’s available to serving, former or retired civil servants and their informal carers and is a communication tool for use with GPs, Health and Social Care Professionals and Carers’ Organisations. The Statement provides details of the caring responsibilities and the impact they’re having on you so that you can access the support and advice you’re entitled to - it also avoids the need for you to continually repeat yourself and explain your circumstances.
Being a carer can be isolating and demanding and you may feel you want to talk to someone about it. Carers are legally entitled to an assessment of their own needs and you probably have questions about rights, entitlements or services which you have never needed to know about before. The assessments are available through your Local Authority in England, Wales and Scotland and through the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
When it comes to emergencies, being prepared can’t stop them happening, but it can make difficult and worrying situations more manageable. And it’s these times that being prepared matters most. Creating a Carer’s Emergency Plan will enable you to consider what would happen to the person you care for, and how they would be supported, if you were to experience an emergency or were taken ill which means you are unable to care. The Charity has created a template Emergency Plan which you can complete as a safe way to hold essential information about the person you care for, what their care needs are and who needs to be informed if something goes wrong.
We also provide signposting to other organisations and advice on grants that may be available from other funds or charities.
Do You Know a Carer?
With 1 in 8 people of working age in the UK caring for someone, it’s highly likely someone you know – either at work or at home – is a carer.
But most of us don’t feel confident that we know where to direct them for advice.
If you think you might be a carer but you’re not sure, then do check out the Charity’s Carer’s Test. Or if you think you might know someone who is a carer, and you’d like to help them, why not share the test? It’s been designed to ask a few key questions which will determine their caring role and how we can help.
You never know… it might make all the difference.
For further information and advice from The Charity for Civil Servants about any problems you might have, take a look at their website www.foryoubyyou.org.uk or call to speak to an Advisor in confidence on Freephone 0800 056 2424.
Date: November 12
Wednesday, 3 October 2012 was a day to celebrate for The Lifeboat Fund. Following its Committee meeting, hosted by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Tower Lifeboat Station, a short event took place to mark The Fund’s support of its beneficiary in 2011. Bianca Fischer (RNLI) thanked The Fund most warmly for providing £200,000 that year, to purchase training and kit for crews around the UK. This gift confirmed The Lifeboat Fund’s sustained position as the RNLI’s single largest regular supporter.
The £200,000 gifted to the RNLI for 2011 was raised by Civil Servants and Pensioners fundraising and donating and by supporters’ payroll and pension payroll giving. It made possible the training of nearly 100 crew members and the kitting-out of up to a further 100. A lifejacket (a 'life-saving symbol'), representing the 2011 donation, was handed over by Sir Peter Housden KCB, The Fund’s Chair, to Stan Todd, a full-time (FT) helm at Tower - pictured.
During a tour of the lifeboat station, Trustees learned that Tower had been the busiest station in the country in all ten years since it started and, so far in 2012, there had been 406 ‘shouts’, and 21 lives saved.
Readers wishing to support The Lifeboat Fund’s current appeal on behalf of the RNLI should contact its Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 0131 244 8488), or donate through the charity’s website: http://www.thelifeboatfund.org.uk
Date: August 12
Sir Paul Jenkins KCB, QC has accepted the role of Civil Service Champion for The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.
Paul has been a Permanent Secretary since 2006. His formal roles are Her Majesty’s Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Service. In addition to running his own Department, he is Head of Profession for the 2000 lawyers who work in Government. He is also the Civil Service Diversity Champion.
Paul joined the Government Legal Service from the self-employed Bar in 1979 and spent his early career in the Treasury Solicitor's Department. In 1992 he became the first Legal Adviser to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. From 1998 to 2004 Paul was the Legal Adviser to the Lord Chancellor's Department and then Director General of the Legal and International Group in the Department of Constitutional Affairs. Immediately before his appointment to his present role, Paul was the Legal Adviser to both the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health.
The Civil Service Champion is an integral role for the CSRF who are working hard to promote and expand the range of services offered to both serving and retired civil servants. Having Sir Paul’s support will add great strength to the charity’s long term strategic plans which have already seen a lot more engagement with departments. Sir Paul is looking forward to the role, “As one of the Civil Service charities, The CSRF have been providing essential support to retired civil servants and their dependants for many years. In a time of much change within the Service, the role they provide to staff as they approach retirement or a change to their career is even more important now.”
For more information, please visit www.csrf.org.uk.
Date: April 11
Since its formal creation in 1886, the Fund has helped hundreds of thousands of people, given tens of millions of pounds in financial assistance, and changed countless lives for the better, whether as beneficiaries, donors, or volunteers.
You can help us raise £125,000 in our 125 Year Appeal. That’s the message from the Fund in a year-long campaign aimed at the Civil Service and Associated Organisations. A Grand Raffle with a £12,500 total cash prize is one of the ways you can help support us.
You can also find out more about the Fund’s 125th anniversary at our microsite.
Date: April 11
Civil Service pensioners can view and download a leaflet produced by The Civil Service Benevolent Fund which is written with retired Civil Service staff in mind.
Retirement News outlines how the Fund helps pensioners and uses real-life cases to show how they helped someone in need, and to illustrate volunteering skills.
Date: Feb 11
The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship (The CSRF) announces the launch of a Fellowship sponsored walk (9 April 2011) to raise funds To mark The CSRF’s Fellowship Day on April 9 a team of walkers from Fellowship Office will be taking part in a 10 mile Thames Walk from Greenwich to Whitehall to raise funds for the charity.
Fellowship Day recognises the day that The CSRF officially began on 9 April 1968. It is celebrated annually by many of groups across the country with many holding special events and lunches to honour the occasion. To read more about the many fundraising initiatives taking place, please click here to visit the CSRF website.
Date: Feb 11
CSIS was delighted to sponsor the Civil Service Benevolent Fund celebrations at the Houses of Parliament for the start of the 125th anniversary of their in-house charity, and launch the European Year of Volunteering with Volunteering England.
Speakers at the event, including Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society and the Cabinet Secretary, and CSBF and CSIS President, Sir Gus O’Donnell, urged civil servants to get more involved in volunteering. For the Fund, it was a chance to launch its new Volunteering film, Making Lives Better, to approx. 100 committed Fund supporters, decision-makers within government, and key stakeholders in the voluntary sector. The film was supported by CSIS and can be viewed by visiting the CSBF’s website by clicking here.
Date: Dec 09
The events have been held, a great time had by all, but for our Fund Week team and all those who got involved up and down the country, the hard work has well and truly paid off.
Ministry of Justice and DWP London and North West officially supported the Fund Week campaign. A special week devoted to fundraising and raising awareness of the Civil Service in-house charity, whilst having fun. Staff from these departments and many others got into the spirit of Fund Week by organising raffles, quizzes, cake sales, karaoke nights, dress down days, and salsa evenings, to name but a few.
Clare Bridges, Fundraising Initiatives Manager said, “I am delighted to announce that the total amount generated for Fund Week exceeded expectations at £11,618”. In addition Ministry of Justice and DWP donated 10p per completed staff survey. This has generated a further £5,000 from MOJ. We are still awaiting the final total from DWP but anticipate that this will bring the Fund Week total to approximately £20,000. Clare adds, “We’re so grateful to all those that supported Fund Week, whether they bought a raffle ticket, spent time organising or took part in events. Your support of this campaign will make a massive difference to someone’s life”.
We’re already starting to think about making the 2010 event even bigger and better. If you have a query about our annual fundraising extravaganza, or want to get involved please contact our Fundraising Initiatives Team at email@example.com.
Date: May 09
Many thanks to all of you who entered our Survey Prize Draw, and we are now pleased to advise that the winner of our fantastic £500 cash prize was...
Mr Michael Cayley of Hayling Island
Prior to his retirement, Michael worked for many many years in the Inland Revenue, and is now a member of both the CSPA and the Retirement Fellowship!
So congratulations to Michael, and our commiserations to everyone else this time, but make sure you keep coming back to our site to see the latest news and more competitions in the future.
Date: March 09
We are happy to announce that by CSIS teaming up with independent financial advisors, St Lawrence, all Civil and Public Servants and their partners can now benefit from access to a number of discounted Life Assurance products.
Please click below to see the types of policies available, and click through to a wealth of useful information about the different types of product on offer or to get your own discounted, online quotation in minutes.
CLICK HERE for more information or to get your quote now.
Date: Jan 09
A survey of 1,000 UK adults commissioned by CS Healthcare has found that nearly 40% – equivalent to 19 million* adults - worry about their health every day, with a further 30% worrying at least once a week.
When asked about the severity of their concern, over a third of adults said they were in a “mild” or “constant” state of anxiety about their health, while nearly 600,000 adults are so worried about being unwell that they could not sleep at night.
Date: Jan 09
Following a recent BT announcement to make all 0845 and 0870 numbers free to call, if you are call either on a residential BT landline and have an inclusive calls package with them you may no longer have to pay a penny.
For example, a BT Anytime customer will not be charged to call Civil Service Insurance Society on 0845 6077444 at any time.
See the press or your BT package information for full details and continuing eligibility of inclusive calls.
Date: Dec 08
Themed 'Life After Retirement', the programme this year included an update on Estate Management and Inheritance Tax. Other areas included Age Concern, Care Homes, The Fire and Police Services, Health and Safety and security matters.
Ruth Marks, newly appointed Commissioner for the Elderly in Wales, attended the conference to give the key note address, and CSIS had a stand at the conference to demonstrate our support for the NHSRF, and to help publicise our wide range of insurances, particularly our Home, Motor and Travel insurance with no upper age limits.
To learn more about the NHSRF, please visit www.nhsrf.org.uk
Date: Oct 08
Great News for all pensioners!
The Civil Service Insurance Society have launched a new travel insurance policy, with NO UPPER AGE LIMITS, and cover available WORLDWIDE. What's more, you may be able to extend cover to include pre-existing conditions!
For more details, visit www.csis.co.uk. Alternatively, call 0845 6077444 to talk to one of their friendly UK Team.
Date: Sep 08
As the credit crunch begins to affect us all, we can all benefit from ways to cut those bills and other essential monthly costs. The Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) can provide discounted household and motor insurance with no upper age limits to all serving and retired Civil and Public Servants. Being a not for profit organisation, CSIS offers specially negotiated, discounted rates, and also offer payment by monthly direct debit at no extra cost (0%apr) to help you budget better.
Simply call CSIS on 0845 60 77 444 to speak to one of their friendly, UK based team.