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Scilly Stress Relievers

yogaWe are all aware of the benefits that physical activity can have on the body and mind. As a result the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Health and Wellbeing team have strived to work closely with staff during 2011 to offer taster sessions of stress relieving initiatives to encourage an improved take up of fitness activities.

Both Yoga and Swimming were organised as introductory options and an encouraging take up of sessions was seen amongst the Authority staff members.

The interest in fitness activity hasn’t stopped there, from a survey that was carried out following these taster sessions the Council of the Isles of Scilly is soon to launch the Cycle to Work Scheme for the first time on the islands, and the initial response from staff members to this idea has been overwhelmingly positive.

It’s all go, go, go, from here!

swimming pool

The free pool time encouraged me to take up swimming again and
I really enjoyed the yoga, more please!

- Authority staff members
Employee Feedback

"I am lucky to work for an organisation whose management has whole-heartedly supported me throughout the process of obtaining the Healthy Workplace Awards.  The Directors have never said ‘no’ and it is great to know that my employer is interested in everyone’s well-being at work.  Not only have they approved my initiatives but they have also led by example and joined in some of them too.  They have committed, what are for us, scarce resources and agreed more flexible working policies as well as offering support to staff who may struggle with work or with personal problems through solid employment policies and management techniques"- Louise Mallas, YMCA Cornwall

Dame Carol Black,

"It is fantastic to see Cornwall and Isles of Scilly championing the health and work agenda and I look forward to seeing the Workplace Award act as a catalyst for further change in the county. Good health is good business and I encourage all employers that are serious about the agenda to apply for this confirmation of best practice." Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work.

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