ARTISTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE (AiPS)
(formerly Civil and Public Service Artists)
In practice, this Civil Service-led association is open not only to civil and public servants (serving or retired), but to anyone living in the UK over the age of 18 interested in furthering its objects. These are simply to encourage, co-ordinate and offer practical assistance for the appreciation, practice and study of the fine and applied arts.
Originally known as The Association of Civil Service Art Clubs (ACSAC), we go back to 1930. But whereas ACSAC was primarily an association of independent clubs, AiPS now caters for individual membership. Excluding the war years, we celebrate our 80th anniversary this year (2015). We are financially supported by, and unhesitatingly commend, the Civil Service Insurance Society, and we liaise closely with the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.
Membership currently costs only £15 per annum (payable by cheque to AiPS to the Honorary Treasurer, 33 Highshore Road, London SE15 5AF, or to HSBC account no. 01337203,). This subscription provides for:
- a quarterly newsletter
- an opportunity to submit work for an annual exhibition, and to offer it for sale
- an opportunity to join a Spring holiday painting course.
For further information, please contact membership secretary: Liz Spiro: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CIVIL SERVICE INSURANCE SOCIETY (CSIS)
This dedicated insurance company was established during the reign of Queen Victoria, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year (2015). It aims to be the insurance provider of choice for civil and public servants by offering quality products (car/home/travel) at competitive prices with exceptional customer services, giving real help and support to policyholders. At the Moneywise Awards, in both 2013 and 2015, it was voted the ‘Most Trusted Motor Insurance Provider’, and was also ranked number one in the UK for fairness in a motor insurance survey run by fairerfinance.com.
A unique feature of CSIS is that its profits do not go into the pockets of shareholders. Instead they are donated to its partner organisation, the CSIS Charity Fund, whence they go to support a range of charitable purposes, starting with helping some widows of former policyholders, extending more broadly to the relief of hardship, need and distress amongst serving, retired and former civil and public servants and their families. The recipient of the largest single grant is the Charity for Civil Servants, but grants have also been given for a number of exciting projects aimed at different groups, including one offering a befriending scheme for lonely elderly people; another providing training opportunities to young people with learning difficulties. In the last seven years the charity fund has also made grants of nearly £700,000 for hospices throughout the UK, while also supporting organisations such as the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship and Artists in Public Service. Since 2008, nearly £5million has been distributed by the charity based on CSIS donations. It is a proud record.