Calling all civil servants
Following my interview with Chris in this months Scouting Magazine I received an email from Kath who works for the Home Office and who told me that since 2001, they had extended their provision for paid special leave to encourage it’s employees to volunteer in the community as part of their Community Cohesion project.
As a result, Kath receives 5 days paid special leave which means that she does not need to use her annual leave for Summer Camp and furthermore she is guaranteed leave in the peak summer period (despite working in a role particularly busy at that time).
A group of management trainees within the Civil Service, the Emerging Talents Group within the Department of Health, have recently undertaken a report entitled ’Scouts – Volunteering in the Civil Service’ which confirmed that such support is not yet service wide and so I was delighted to hear from Kath. I would be delighted to hear of any similar experiences from other volunteers within the Civil Service, or the response you have received when asking?
We also continue to work the ET group to address some of the other hurdles to volunteering for Scouting that they identified.