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People around a CS Local stand at CS Live

Who are we?

Civil Service Local is a dynamic, cross-departmental team within the Cabinet Office but is UK wide with different localities within its remit. The primary role is to engage with civil servants across all departments to encourage collaboration, networks and shared learning. The strength of this team depends on the engagement of all staff, at all levels, across the whole organisation that forms the Civil Service.

Attending Civil Service Live 2019

We attended several Civil Service Live events this year and I am delighted to say that our presence at these events was a great success. Throughout the events the team had visitors engaging with CS Local representatives and it was reassuring to receive such positive feedback. Our volunteers spent their time discussing and promoting the work of the CS Local team across the country. The information was presented with enthusiasm and fresh energy that will provide an excellent platform for the year ahead.  For those civil servants unaware of our work or the regions we work in it gave them a new insight into this and some even signed up to facilitate or attend future events.

The cascading effect of shared learning, networking, and the availability of opportunities beyond a department are the key messages taken on board. Our stands across the country at CS Live were recognised as the catalyst that opens people's minds to new challenges and fresh outlooks in problem solving (through transfer of knowledge and in particular good practice). We discussed personal development plans, the use of digital tools, ways to connect, future leader academies, job shadowing, networking, discovery sessions, wellbeing and more.

Appreciating that we all have potential, we need to tap into and find ways to gain insight on how to channel that knowledge to benefit the individual as well as the organisation. Transferable skills and recognising these elements help open doors, and we continue to promote the need for self-awareness; the platforms available to communicate this and the vehicle of change that knowledge brings. It is vital to talk, to question and to challenge.

For our team, it has been a great opportunity to engage with many stakeholders across the Civil Service. We promote engagement and support our need to develop our skills and confidence.

The events were opened by John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office, who spent some time talking to staff on our stands. John commented on how impressed he was with our work and the messages we are promoting.

Did we have an impact?

Example of feedback received

Kieran Toulson DWP Operations Manager at Manchester CS LiveCivil Service Local has changed my work life. I feel like a happier and more changed person. I engage with my other colleagues and praise the amazing work CS Local is doing, now I am working with disabilities services and I strongly recommend to all my colleagues who are looking to build capability to get connected with a CS Local team. Kieran Toulson (DWP Operations Manager).



I wasn’t aware who CS Local were until today.  NowDWP Colleagues Abdul Haye and Azbor Ali give feedback on our services I have chatted to you I feel better informed and have signed up to receive your blogs and to facilitate at a future academy event, thank you!


Will be sharing with our colleagues back at work , (DWP Colleagues Abdul Haye and Azbor Ali)

Thank you

A huge thank you to all CS Local colleagues who worked so hard promoting across the country and all those who stopped by our stand to engage with us.

Find out more

Find out information about events in your area by clicking on the links on this page or contact me to find out more.

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  1. Comment by Tammy Baillie posted on

    Well done to all colleagues involved in supporting these events. I helped at the Edinburgh event and it was so refreshing and inspring to speak with colleagues from across a wide number of Departments. It was a very postive experience and my network has increased as a result of it 🙂