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Penwith Housing Association

Penwith Housing Association (PHA) part of the Devon and Cornwall Housing group is a non-profit making organisation building, improving and managing affordable housing in Cornwall.

PHA manages 6,500 rented homes across Cornwall. We support communities by providing affordable housing, working closely with residents, councils, funding agencies to make a difference to homes, places and lives.

PHA employs 123 staff.

PHA has always encouraged a healthy lifestyle and to ensure staff are involved, a Healthy Workplace Group was set up in 2010 with representatives from all offices/teams to look at ways of promoting the general wellbeing of staff including physical activity, healthy eating and mental health.

Recent activities/initiatives have included:

• Healthy Workplace intranet page set up
• flu jabs for staff
• new Corporate Eyecare scheme launched
• Stress Awareness Week activities including an Indian Head Massage workshop, Body Balance taster session and mug painting workshop
• pedometer challenge - 12 teams of 5 walking the South West Coast path from Minehead to Poole Harbour covering a total of 630 miles.

Plans for spring/summer 2011 include Sun Safe sessions, Weight Matters group, exercise taster sessions and entering a PHA team in the Beach Olympics!

PHA was awarded the Silver Healthy Workplace Award in February 2011 and is going for Gold in 2012!!!

Top tip

Make sure you work with employees who show an early interest in the programme.

This will help get the project started and create early successes.

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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