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Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre

A Cornwall Innovation business incubation facility.

What we do:

We support businesses at any stage of their journey, from start-up through to mature businesses, to innovate and grow. Many of these businesses are based in the health and wellbeing sector.

There are three innovation centres in Cornwall. The management of these are delivered by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council. Cornwall Innovation has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Health & wellbeing is at the core of what we do. The management team are surrounded by businesses that are health and wellbeing focused. This programme offers a fantastic opportunity to share best practice and knowledge with the businesses here and to support the health and wellbeing in our own team too.

Recent health and well being activities:

- 2015 Workplace Get Active Challenge; we entered two teams and both completed
- Oral Health Awareness; organised two drop in sessions with a dental care professional from Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise.
- Stress Management; we supported one of our client businesses to deliver a stress management workshop, with a difference!
- Mindfulness; organised for one of our client businesses to deliver a short mindfulness workshop.
- Acupressure massage; an acupressure massage practitioner visits the centre fortnightly with appointments available for all staff & businesses.

The team have all been heavily involved in promoting the Centre as a healthy place to work and have engaged fully with all events and sourced suitable & correct information. In addition, they attend external events to further enhance their understanding and increase their networks. We were delighted to be awarded Bronze at our 1st attempt and even more thrilled to be awarded Gold in our 2nd year. This is directly attributable to all the excellent hard work the team have put into the programme & their understanding of what a healthy workplace should offer to both physical & mental health. Karen Murray

- Director
Employee Feedback

"The Healthy Workplace programme has supported our business to build and nurture a culture of health and provide GE employees with the resources they need to get and stay healthy.The varying workshops, information & events that the Healthy Workplace programme provides, have enabled us to reach our goals of enhanced health awareness, reduced absenteeism and improved employee engagement within our organisation" - Claire Shelley, GE Money

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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