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Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre Truro

A brief summary of why we became a healthy workplace

The management team found out about the Healthy Workplace programme and realised that many of the businesses within HWIC are already supporting their employees physical and mental health needs in positive ways, so this could be an opportunity to share that knowledge.  Knowledge exchange and networking are invaluable assets that the businesses within Innovation centres help create.  As an Innovation centre, we are always looking for new ways to help facilitate knowledge exchange and appropriate networking opportunities.

Recent health and well being activities

Last year we entered a team into the Cornwall Beach Games, gave out pedometers in the New Year, ran an event for local SME's with infomation for managers about mental health in the workplace, had yoga for healthy lower backs, free physical health sessions and shiatsu sessions on site.

Plans/aims for the next year

We are starting a planner which will link in with national events over the coming year.  We would like to increase the interaction we have with the businesses based here in HWIC, and hope that some of the businesses will be keen to have more input and make decisions about how we can improve. We have started a working group to help start this process, and are putting in a suggestions box to start to gather feedback from the various staff based here.

The healthy workplace programme has given us as centre management a chance to really engage with our clients on issues that are important to them. The Beach games provided fantastic networking opportunities at the same time as team building throughout the Innovation centres

- Member of Staff
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.

Casestudy

 “We have learned so much through the Cornwall Workplace Health Award Programme already, and are keen that we pass this learning on to our staff.  With many organisations already represented, we were surprised we haven’t got involved sooner as it’s so aligned to our overall ‘Wellbeing Ambition’ that working for the Environment Agency will improve health and wellbeing”

Steve Marks, Environment Agency

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