I am a frontline staff member of the CRC. I am passionate about my work and care very much about the rights of children and adults with special needs, so much so that I have completed a Masters outside work hours and research to benefit CRC service users with minimal monetary support.
When requesting some remuneration for travel expenses related to presenting research at an international conference, I was informed that due to budgetary constraints there would be no monetary support, other than the conference registration fee. I accepted this as I was proud to represent the CRC which, as a day-to-day organisation, is a great one, due to excellent frontline staff and the service users that never cease to inspire me.
I hope this letter will highlight that CRC frontline staff, like in most other public sector organisations, experience difficulties when it comes to acquiring monetary support for expenses related to continuing professional and service development and should not be tarnished with the same brush.