MINUTES OF PERMANENT SECRETARY GROUP MEETING
HELD ON FRIDAY
2012 IN THE GLASSHOUSE, STORMONT
CASTLE, AT 8.45AM
Ursula Ui Dhonnaile
Minutes of the PSG meeting held on
The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed
Central List of Independent Board Members
David Sterling will report back to colleagues on this
Action: David Sterling
Public Bodies and Competition Law
Stephen Peover, Brian Doherty and Des Armstrong are meeting soon re
Action: Stephen Peover
Executive and Assembly Update
Colm Shannon gave a read out of the Executive meeting held on Thursday
. He reported an additional Executive meeting would be held
on Thursday 21 June
at 12 noon.
Merrick Willis, Civil Service Benevolent Fund
thanked PSG for inviting him to the meeting. It has been 3 years
since his last visit.
He wanted to take the opportunity to update on the
significant changes made recently to the Fund.
After 126 years it was
decided to rebrand comprehensively.
Research carried out with civil
servants all over the UK consistently showed that the Cha
ity needed to be
clearer about what it does and how it communicates that. With the move
towards more service led support, the time was also right to move away
from the perception that
financial assistance. The Fund has
rebranded and i
s now called “The Charity for Civil Servants” with a
and strap line
“for you by you”. This is one of the most important
elements of their visual identity. It’s a visual reminder that
the Charity is
funded by civil servants for civil servants.
is funded by around
individual donors, some of whom make a monthly contribution.
Evidence indicated there was confusion over the breadth of services
offered to beneficiaries. With the move towards more service
ie offering advice, in
formation and specialist referral as well as financial
assistance, it was time to reflect this in the Charity’s communications. A
ebsite and publicity material has been developed. The new
material provides a better understanding of what the
does and how
Merrick asked Permanent Secretaries to help him get the message across
to staff on rebranding and the alternative sources of help available.
attended the NI Support Group AGM on Thursday and paid tribute
o is a fantastic representative as a volunteer to the
Charity and as Chair of the NI Group.
Both Gerry and Marie Boyd had
been awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their work and
support over a long number of years.
He asked Permanent Secre
continue to support the Group to ensure that it continues. It is a unique
Group with representatives from each department.
Merrick also paid tribute to the work done last year for the Fund’s 125
anniversary fundraising efforts and more recent
ly the NICS Live event in
April and particularly the
challenge. A team of young civil
drew up a business plan for the Fund and
came up with
many ideas that are contained in the Charity’s Impact Report
He introduced Sinead Murphy who is
the new Area S
ervices Manager for
Sheila Fitzgerald who has moved to GB to become the
Charity’s new Money Advice Project Manager. Sinead will be the point of
contact for civil servants
in Northern Ireland.
Will Haire said the rebrand
ing of the
Charity fits well with Ken Addley’s
and asked if there was any way via our intranets to
perhaps have an electronic version to promote the change and nature of
support as debt manag
is a big issue for many staff. Stephen
Peover said IT
Assist could circulate to all 27,000 staff. Merri
contact Stephen Peover, DFP and Colm Shannon, EIS via Gerry to
Gerry Anketell said he came to PSG last April to appeal for
Fund Week in NI. Against a target of £12,500 to mark the Fund’s
anniversary the NI
raised in excess of £36,000.
won the Charity’s Fundraising Award under the
Volunteers Award Scheme
raising £6,778.85 and Connor
CMED along with
Gerry and Marie will attend the Charity’s AGM in London
n 21 June to accept the
. They will also take this opportunity to
present the Charity with
a cheque for
00 raised during
the last year.
He thanked PSG and their staff for all their help.
Because of the success last year the NI Support Group
will have a
this year from 24
28 September. Gerry Kelly
has confirmed that
will once again
this year by
side soccer tournament on 28 September and hosting it at
the Pavilion complex. It is
hoped to include again a SCS
and a team cycling event.
Liofa 2015 Presentation
Ursula Ui Dhonnaile, the recently appointed Liofa Development Officer in
DCAL thanked PSG for the opportunity to speak about Liofa
2015 which is
a campaign encouraging people to sign up to become fluent in the Irish
Language by 2015.
Ursula explained that Irish has been spoken in Ireland
for 2,000 years and that, although it is believed that between 50 and 90%
of the 6,800 languages
in the world will die during the course of this
century, Irish is not one of those.
Liofa is the Gaelic word meaning
The DCAL Minister launched the Liofa campaign in September
2011 with a target of 1,000 people signing up to become fluent in t
Language by 2015.
Almost 1,970 have signed up and the revised target is
2015 people by 2015.
The campaign is being promoted via the Liofa website and a bilingual
Other opportunities available in the community to speak the
nclude coffee mornings and some walking groups. Ursula
offered to attend departmental boards to deliver her presentation to
Dawson gave a read out of the different groups
and individuals who have signed up to the campaign already and
updated on cross community events which she is running.
Alan Shannon thanked Ursula and Jerome for their presentation and for
their offer to attend departmental boards if invited to do so.
Prospects on Parading
Nick Perry updated on arrangements
to manage upcoming parades. He
advised the Parades Commission are engaging with residents on an
Tour de Table
A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Stephen Peover updated on the celebrations to mark the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee in
Northern Ireland. Guidance notes will issue to
departments as soon possible.
Nurse of the Year Event
Andrew McCormick advised the Nurse of the Year Awards Event took
place on Thursday evening in the Culloden Hotel.
South West Acute Hospital
d the good news that the new South West Acute Hospital
will be opening on 26 June 2012.
Gerry Lavery reminded colleagues of the events taking place at
Greenmount Agricultural College this weekend to celebrate its centenary
David Orr reported on the A8 litigation legal proceedings.
Follow Up from PSG Away Day
Alan Shannon reported Malcolm McKibbin will circulate a paper next week
as a follow up to the PSG Away Day.
15 June 2012