Why not make a positive start to the year and start using your paid volunteering days to help others and gain some personal development as well?
On each of our CS Local regional pages you will find lots of articles about how others have used their volunteering time and new opportunities that are coming up in your area.
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Some colleagues chose to volunteer with the Charity for Civil Servants in 2015 and won awards at their ceremony in London in December. There are various ways you can get involved in volunteering with the Charity and you can read more here.
Remember to check your own departmental policy for more information on what activities are allowed and how to apply for special leave.