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What we do:
Services range from legal, HR, Children/adult social care to registration and building control. We have 11 main locations spread throughout Cornwall with Truro New County Hall being the main hub. The organization supports 5000+ employees across a wide and diverse work base. We offer a variety of Health, Safety and Wellbeing initiatives for employees from occupational health support, champion programme, staff benefits scheme, suite of training, wellbeing checks, access to self-help and support and a wide programme of local and national health campaigns.
Why we became a healthy workplace:
Cornwall council continues to champion a healthy workplace and recognises its responsibilities to securing a positive wellbeing culture for all staff. The healthy workplace award alongside the council’s wellbeing agenda is seen as a visible and active commitment to support employees throughout the organisation and keep our workforce fit and healthy. The Councils aim is to be known as an employer of choice and one which understands that when staff feel valued and engaged they will ultimately be healthier, more productive and a more resilient workforce, being better placed to deal with change.
Recent health and well being activities:
2017 was a big year for Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing programme. Culminating in Cornwall Council being nationally recognised and named ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative’ by CIPD in 2017.
Some of the activities and achievements are as below;
HSW Champion programme has continued to grow – at the end of 2017 we had trained over 60, across 22 different locations and at least one champion in each directorate.
We introduced a lead group to support the ever growing HSW Champion network
Held our 2nd annual HSW Champion conference to 80 schools and corporate champions, which included our first Health Champion Awards.
Offered MECC training to champions through HPS
Delivered a series Health & Wellbeing roadshows again – New Year New Start, Know your Numbers, Men’s Health, Stress Awareness, Mental Health and Sun safety
Held a Macmillan Cove Centre visit for staff and champions
Continued with council wide H&W newsletters to CC staff
Worked with key partners to deliver roadshows, newsletters and promotion of local and national initiatives.
Participated in the annual beach games
Continued to deliver Well at Work training for managers, plus a whole range of other HSW training courses.
50+ teams took part in the Get Active Challenge
Ran 2 x pilot Healthy Cooking Course for school and council employees
Extended the Wellbeing Check programme – offering staff the use of a mobile health check machine
I used to sit behind reception in Pydar each morning as a security officer as you used to come in for your shower after cycling to work. I started working directly for the organisation last year and as soon as the contract was finalised I ordered a bike through the bike to work scheme. I now commute each day from Porthtowan to Penzance and back come rain or shine. I am averaging 200-300 miles each week. I have now lost 3 stone and have joined Truro CC. This is in no small part down to the inspiration provided by a HSW Champion.
Anonymous Feedback from an employee
We were hugely impressed with how the council reached a widely geographically dispersed, and diverse workforce, with such limited budgets and resources. The network of champions stood out for us. They are the heart and soul of this project; their involvement was not a mere ‘nod’ to engagement - they are the health and wellbeing team’s social network and main driving force of the cultural revolution that accompanied this project. Innovative ideas were aplenty, from the idea of employees ‘managing their manager’ and having the space to raise wellbeing/stress concerns, to quick healthy dinner demonstrations, and having visible support for domestic violence (and not just women, either!) . The shift in mindset around mental health, from just managing sickness absence, to a supportive culture, was great to see. The team measured the project’s impact very effectively, and not just on sickness absence - morale and manager support for wellbeing were also cited. To achieve all of this, on a limited budget, against a backdrop of the council being tasked to cut one-third of its budget by 2019 is amazing. Congratulations!