Connecting Diverse Voices: a mutual mentoring programme

A cross-government mutual mentoring programme seeking to amplify the diversity of voices within the Government Communication Service (GCS) by partnering senior leaders with diverse colleagues.

Applications for the 2020 programme are now closed.

Aims of the programme

Connecting Diverse Voices (CDV) is a mutual mentoring programme aiming to increase confidence across the GCS in championing all areas of diversity and inclusion (D&I) by matching a senior leader with a volunteer who has knowledge or experience of a prioritised area of D&I. The senior leader, in turn, can offer guidance on leadership, career progression and development.

Although the programme mainly aims to facilitate conversations between partners, we also encourage participants to work towards a legacy project such as the soon-to-be-published Marathoner’s Toolkit, which brings Civil Service development programmes into one place to help existing diverse staff access programmes to help them progress professionally.

Why take part

Champions of the Connecting Diverse Voices mutual mentoring programme describe the aims of the programme and participants share what they learned and why they recommend taking part.

Duration: 1 minute 38 seconds

Mutual mentoring

Mutual mentoring is a partnership where the volunteer helps the senior leader to develop self-confidence and knowledge of chosen areas of D&I. The senior leader, in turn, shares their experience and ideas, supporting the volunteer and passing on learnings.


The programme is open to all GCS members, regardless of grade or background.

Our mentoring partners have discussed various areas of D&I, including: job-shares, disability, LGBTQ+ ( lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), socio-economic backgrounds, regional staff, ageism, mental health, care leavers, gender and apprentices.

Getting matched

Matches are made based on information provided in the joining survey. Senior leaders identify areas of diversity & inclusion they are less confident in championing and are matched with a volunteer that has the experience and/or expertise in one or more of those areas.

Duration and commitment

The programme duration for 2020 is 9 months.

The time commitment is an hour’s session with your partner once a month. Conversations can be face to face or via phone/video.

Sign up closed

Applications for the 2020 programme are now closed. If you are interested in participating in the 2021 programme, or have any queries about the programme, get in touch: