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Cornwall Music Service Trust

Cornwall Music Service Trust: a quality music education for Cornwall

What we do:

Cornwall Music Service Trust (CMST) provides curriculum support, vocal and instrumental tuition to primary, secondary schools and colleges across Cornwall. We are proud to now include 12 music therapy teachers. This life changing service has proven to have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of adults and children.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

CMST signed up to the ‘Be healthy at work’ programme in 2015 because we recognize the importance of a valued and appreciated workforce, where teamwork, physical and emotional wellbeing is our top priority. We value the loyalty shown by our staff and are committed to providing them with a caring and supportive service.

Recent health and well being activities:

This year we have:

• Provided water bottles for all staff
• Instigated a ‘Food on the go’ on-line recipe booklet
• Held a Christmas dinner and party night at The Metropole Hotel
• Had mental health awareness training
• Shared with staff a ‘Know your Risk’ diabetes on-line assessment
• Offered Mindfulness seminars to all staff
• Put on a Summer BBQ
• Entered a ‘Race for Life’ ladies and girls team
• Enjoyed an outdoor team building course for line managers

"Through a lifetime of teaching music, I am well aware of the physical and emotional benefits to be derived from these activities, and how they have helped me maintain good health over the years. Recent research confirms my personal experience of these positive effects of music on one’s health and wellbeing. Further health benefits for our staff include the job satisfaction of passing on a valued skill, the stimulation and enjoyment of performing in bands, orchestras and choirs and the sense of belonging to a vibrant, creative and flourishing team.The trustees know that a healthy, contented and enthusiastic workforce will achieve results at the highest level. That is why we give such a high priority to the on-going health benefits of the music service we offer alongside our other healthy workforce activity." - James Sargent, Trustee

- Director
Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

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.

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