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Penwith Community Development Trust

PCDT has continued throughout the past year to look at ways of improving staff health, in simple and cost effective ways that do make a difference to individuals. This has included the following:

Yoga Classes. Staff were invited to a taster session, and due to popular demand 10 weekly sessions were organised at the local Leisure Centre. Sessions took place at 5pm on a Friday afternoon (a wonderful way of relaxing at the end of the working week), and staff were able to take toil in order to attend. Sessions were also opened to the public, and proved to be just as popular with them. Further sessions are planned for the New Year.


Healthy Eating. Due to the success of our ‘Plant, Eat and Teach (PEAT) project, staff are able to purchase, at competitive prices, freshly grown vegetables such as spinach, leeks, salad leaves, onions - what ever is seasonal. It is hoped that over the year an increasing amount of fresh fruit and vegetables will become available.


Health Insurance. PCDT has been able to upgrade the health cover for staff this year. This has enabled staff to claim back an increased amount of cash for their health needs, which includes dental, optical, health screening, consultations and scans, physiotherapy, osteopathy, podiatry or chiropody, chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy treatments. A 24 hour helpline is also available for counseling and health and wellbeing advice. Advice and screening from a Chiropractor was made available to staff in-house, with follow-up treatment if required.

The year ahead presents its own challenges, but we will continue to look for ways of improving the health and wellbeing of all our staff.





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