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Tate St Ives

In 2011 I accepted an invitation to the Healthy Workplace seminar, it was a revelation to discover organisations making a tangible difference without needing a huge financial outlay and encouraged me to introudce some initiatives of our own at Tate St Ives.

At the same time as I began this work the government announced a further cut in our central funding which of course caused stress and anxiety amongst the team as restructuring and cost cutting measures were put in place across all four Tate galleries.  This was therefore a perfect time to look more carefully and creatively at our teams' health and wellbeing, both physical and mental.  It has been a hugely enjoyable and beneficial initiative which has now become embedded in our ethos and planning at Tate St Ives.

Recent Health & Wellbeing activities on offer (this year):

  • Foraging workshop
  • Sushi making workshop
  • Surfing lessons
  • A year of meditation sessions
  • Beach party
  • Back pain workshop
  • Stress in the workplace workshop



Plans / Aims for next year:

  • Pedometer challenge
  • A year of fusion yoga and pilates
  • Summer beach party and beach games
  • Ping pong party
  • Staff garden
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“The health promotion bug has really caught on! Employees are constantly coming up with new ideas and it’s done a great deal to help with staff morale.”

David Wingham,
Coastline Housing


The annual cost of sickness absence and worklessness associated with working-age ill health in the UK is put at more than £100 billion (more than Portugal's GDP).

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