We value all our employees and we understand that those from forces backgrounds or with forces connections may need additional provisions and support. We support our workforce in many ways such as:
Employing Reservists Guidance for Managers and Employees
We have bespoke guidance specifically for reservists and their managers. This guidance supports managers and employees in times of mobilisation and demobilisation.
For reservists, we offer up to 15 days’ paid leave per year to attend relevant training and events. Please download and read our guidance to find out more.
Armed Forces Network
We have an internal network for any of our employees who are veterans, reservists, cadet force adult volunteers, military spouses / partners, or who are otherwise connected to the armed forces. This network is employee-led, facilitated by a People and Organisation colleague, and aims to provide a place of support for employees and a space for communication, feedback and improvement work.
The Council provides a free, confidential, 24-hour counselling service, 365 days a year. This service provides:
- A helpline for general advice and guidance;
- Psychological guidance and emotional support;
- Individual counselling, either face to face or over the phone; and
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This service is available to all employees and members of their immediate family, living at the home address and over 16 years of age.