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Civil Service networking via a virtual coffee

Standing at over 1,450 participants strong across 28 departments and agencies, Civil Service Coffee Connect randomly pairs colleagues on a monthly basis for an informal chat over a coffee, walk, etc.

The initiative aims to break down silos between departments through the identification of synergies between different areas of government. It encourages colleagues to take a meaningful and relaxed break away from their desk to informally network, promoting good mental health.

Why join?

In the 2019 spring survey over 96% of respondents stated that they would recommend the initiative to colleagues.

So, what are you waiting for?

Join Civil Service Coffee Connect with a simple one-off registration.

How does it work

  1. Register
  2. Activate your account by following the link provided to you by email (check both your inbox and your junk folder).
  3. Update your profile to make the most of the scheme (feel free to add a photo) and to pause or un-pause your participation if needed.
  4. Every month you’ll automatically receive an email with details of a colleague selected at random from another department.
  5. Get in touch with your match and meet up for coffee (or tea, lunch or even a walk).
  6. You can chat about anything and everything – from your areas of work to debating whether the sky could ever fall down.

Share your experience!

Share your experience by emailing coffeeconnect-enquiries@beis.gov.uk. We always love to hear your feedback and are constantly on the lookout for good news stories.

Testimonials from the 2019 spring survey

Matches are random so you won’t always have a “perfect match” but you never know what the conversation might hold for you. At worst you’ve met a new colleague and made a new connection – you never know when you might cross paths again! At best you might experience something like:

“Was perfectly matched to someone in another department who’s work had a lot in common with that of my wider team, was able to have a very long and productive conversation.”

“Inspiring – opens eyes to new work and approach.”

“I have found with one of my connects, a real synergy between my work and theirs – a link that we had previously not had!”

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about Civil Service Coffee Connect, feel free to email us: coffeeconnect-enquiries@beis.gov.uk.