We enjoyed a great first round-table event in the REACH disability mentoring programme. A lively discussion with an inspiring group from a range of organisations, discussing the importance of being open about disability. Our core agenda was about empowering disabled talent, specifically addressing stigma, celebrating what works, looking at blockers and generating ideas. We were delighted to be joined by Sir Philip Rutnam, Home Office Permanent Secretary, and Civil Service Disability Champion.
The REACH Programme is a formal mentoring scheme designed to help support colleagues with disabilities to move to the next grade or more stretching roles within the Civil Service. it aims to provide mentoring partners exclusively for Grade 6/7 (Band A) and Deputy Director (SCS1) colleagues with either a mental health or physical disability. Each mentor is an executive level leader in their own right from outside the Civil Service, who either has a lived experience of disability or who has been involved in shifting the dial on improving development opportunities, career progression and the wider workplace environment for people with any form of disability.
For more information about the REACH Programme visit: www.saxbam.com/reach