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Cornwall Music ServiceTrust

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.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Following our first year on the Be Healthy at Work programme and having experienced the benefits it has brought to all the staff in our organisation, we have continued to build on progress achieved and delighted to be receiving the silver award. We have now also signed up to the 'Mindful Employer Charter'.

Recent health and well being activities:

This year we have two designated Health Champions who work hard to ensure all staff members are aware of the seminars and events planned. Following our staff survey we arranged a number of events/seminars and brought in some new initiatives, which include:

- Stress in the workplace training 
- Healthy eating & weight management
- Supporting staff through bereavement and illness
- A Head of Service e-newsletter with an area dedicated to Health & Well Being
- Pension Advice
- Mental Awareness training for line managers
- A dedicated staff facebook page, where staff can interact, share ideas or just keep in touch

Recreational activities have included a summer BBQ, Race for Life team of ladies and girls, Boat trip and a Christmas dinner & party night

"Cornwall Music Service Trust, after gaining its Bronze award last year, has committed to continue and develop its ethos of a healthy and happy workforce. Now employing over 100 music teachers we are conscious that the health and well being of our staff takes priority and that this ultimately leads to high levels of morale, a sense of belonging to the ‘team’ and greater levels of efficiency."
Gareth Churcher - Head of Service

- Director

27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness in 2011/12.  Workplace ill health cost society an estimated £13.8 billion in 2010/11.

Top Tip

“When we think of young people’s health, we think of schools being a key space for engagement, for adults the workplace is a similar space”- Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England Programme Lead for Health and Work.

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