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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

“Public Health England South West is delighted to showcase the workplace wellbeing case studies from Cornwall and Isle of Scilly as exemplars of good practice in support of the: ‘Mental health toolkit for employers’, ‘Musculoskeletal health in the workplace’, ‘Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers’ and ‘Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention guide for employers’.  Cornwall and Isle of Scilly has a long track record of leading the way in supporting local employers develop approaches that create healthy workplaces which meet the quality mark standards required to receive the prestigious ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’ award.”

Professor Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing South West


St. Austell Brewery won a gold award on their first year of taking part in the programme. Chrissie Knight, Occupational Health Manager for the brewery, commented, “Caring for and investing in the workforce has always been a priority at the Brewery and it is wonderful to gain recognition for the work that takes place at all levels to ensure that we remain an employer of choice for people in the South West, which is not only because of the opportunities that exist at many levels within the organisation, but also because of the support and benefits that exist for all employees”

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