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Coastline Housing

runnersCompany ethos or mission statement:

Great homes, great services, great people.

A brief summary of why you have become a healthy workplace:

Originally, Coastline joined the healthy workplace initiative because we had an issue with higher than average sickness levels. Now, three years later, the scheme has slashed employee absenteeism by more than 400 days a year, as well as boosting morale across the company.

The scheme has been a substantial success. For a relatively small investment, it’s prevented us having to bring in temporary staff – essentially it could cost £20-25,000 a year to keep the business staffed for those periods – so the investment is paying off on many levels.

runnersHave you achieved a Healthy Workplace award already?

Yes, we achieved the gold award in 2010.

Recent Health & Wellbeing activities on offer(this year):

Pedometer challenge, Race for Life team, free flu jabs for staff, low back pain workshop, yoga taster session, stress workshops, participation in Cornwall Beach Games, Employee Assistance Programme telephone advice line/counselling service, discounted corporate gym memberships.

Plans/ Aims for next year:

More of the same! We will also look into offering staff taster sessions in dance/zumba or something similar. Our move to a new office in 2012, which will have shower facilities and cycle storage facilities, will make it easier for colleagues to cycle into work so we hope to encourage some more healthy travel!


I am pleased to confirm our full commitment to the Healthy Workplace initiative because the on-going benefits to staff and the organisation have been proven many times over.

- David Wingham, Director of Corporate Services,
Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Working Days Lost

According to HSE, 36 million days were lost in 2008 as a result of work-related ill health or workplace injury. The worst performing organisations lost an average of 12 working days per employee [CBI/AXA].

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