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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
Cancer Support in the Workplace - Dec 2013

Almost one person in five with cancer who was employed full time when they were diagnosed felt that their employer could have done more to understand their needs and circumstances, a poll by insurer Unum and Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres found.  Better communication was the key, it added.  ( Occupational Health, December 2013)

Staff Engagement

Companies with higher levels of staff engagement have 13% lower staff turnover and less than half the UK average sickness absence.

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