Community Friendship

Hello Jane

Jane’s activity group

As well as running befriending services, the CSRF brings retired civil servants together through local activity groups across the UK. To understand more about the importance of these get-togethers, just ask Jane, one of our local group leaders.

What brought you to the civil service?
I grew up in a household of civil servants. My dad was in the Ministry of Defence during war times and my mother did the exams in later life. But still, it was a surprise that I ended up a civil servant myself.

How did you find out about the CSRF?
I applied before I retired and joined the local group a couple of months after I left. I got co-opted onto the committee, and after a number of years became chair of my local activity group.

What do you value most about the CSRF?
The support. I can remember all the years ago, my mother we got a lot of support from the charity as a family. And it was the same when my father died, I had really nice people getting in touch with me. So that’s why for me it brings me a little smile that I ended up a civil servant, and now a chair for the CSRF. There’s a huge feeling of camaraderie. Everyone’s there to support each other, and the charity supports our little group of friends too.

Why should current civil servants support the CSRF?
I would say supporting the charity is supporting your own future. It’s a national fellowship that we all belong to.

If you’d like to find out more about our befriending schemes you can call 020 8691 7411 or email: or click here.

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