Staff support networks

The staff networks support and promote groups of staff that share similar characteristics, life experiences, values and beliefs.

They not only serve as a reference point for discussion, shared experiences, mutual support and knowledge, but actively promote the positive values colleagues within these groups can bring to SCC and the communities it serves.

All networks proactively engage and embrace the ASPIRE values and framework.

The Chairs of the staff networks sit on the Strategic Equalities and Inclusion Board and work with colleagues who get involved in delivering training to staff and councillors and comment on policies and service development.  

“Many people who have huge abilities have a disABILITY”

We positively embrace a “can do attitude”, seek to promote the abilities and qualities of people that society classifies as “disabled”, challenge stereotypical attitudes and support those that wish to lead the life they want and those that wish to enable that change.

If you live with a physical, cognitive or sensory impairment, are a carer or simply wish to know more, then this group is for you!

You do not have to be disabled to embrace our vision, just interested, with a positive attitude and a real desire to make a difference.

Turning perceived disability into...ABILITY!

Contact: disABILITYnetwork@suffolk.gov.uk

We:

  • support new and existing lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGB&T) colleagues
  • help the organisation perform better for LGB&T staff and clients
  • promote LGB&T events including LGB&T History Month, International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), Pride
  • link up with other LGB&T groups and networks in Suffolk
  • meet socially and in the workplace

Read more about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Staff Network.

The Women’s staff network is an opportunity for women to share their work experiences, information, and to support each other.

This can be done virtually to include the whole county, or locally if you want to take an issue forward, such as celebrating part-time and flexible working.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually by a joint event between Suffolk County Council, Karibu African Women’s Group and Victim Support in Ipswich.

 

Contact: womensnetwork@suffolk.gov.uk.

The aims of the network are to raise the awareness of good mental wellbeing and to reduce the stigma of poor mental health. You don't need to have experienced mental health issues to join the network - we're pleased to welcome mental health allies! So, whether you work within mental health, know someone with a mental health condition or just have a general interest, please get in touch to find out more.

We work towards our aim of raising awareness and reducing Stigma in the following ways:

  • Wellbeing events and workshops - often linked to national campaigns
  • Ensuring the council sticks to the commitment they signed up to with the 'Time to Change' pledge and the 'Mental Health at Work' policy
  • Working to ensure mental health conditions are considered in the policies and strategies of our organisation
  • Promoting training for all staff and especially managers on mental health awareness at work
  • Signposting to support for staff with mental health conditions

The Mental Health Staff Network is open for Suffolk County Council and partner organisation colleagues.

Contact: mentalhealth.network@suffolk.gov.uk

Read more about the Mental Health Network.

The Christian Fellowship is a workplace support network, open to all interested in discussing Christianity and related issues. You do not need to be a Christian to attend our events. The Fellowship is open to staff, retired staff, partners and councillors.

We’re there to:

  • pray with and for you, and for your work and family situations
  • discuss 'what would Jesus do?'
  • learn more about our amazing God
  • provide a reflective space to rest in His presence

If you aren’t a Christian but have questions, we’d love to meet you. We are here to help you on your own journey to, and with God.

Meetings happen weekly in Endeavour House, Landmark House and West Suffolk House.

A group also meets occasionally in Lowestoft.

Contact: christian.fellowship@suffolk.gov.uk

Read more about the Christian Fellowship Staff Network.

The Young Adults’ Network (YAN) is for anyone working in local government who considers themselves a young adult.

The YAN’s aims are to:

  • promote the activities and interests of young adults working for local government
  • be a key network for drawing on the views and experiences of young adults to inform council decisions
  • provide learning opportunities targeted at young adults about different areas of public sector working
  • hold an annual charity fundraiser
  • organise and host social events 

Download the Young Adult's Network leaflet (PDF, 22KB).

Contact: yan@suffolk.gov.uk 

We would like to develop links with Black and Asian colleagues from across the organisation to share experiences, develop activities, and be a voice about topics that are important to us.

Together, we can help Suffolk County Council better understand and respond to issues affecting us and support one another.

Contact: blackandasian.network@suffolk.gov.uk