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Truro & Penwith College 2015

A brief summary of why we became a healthy workplace

A Sustainability Group was formed in October 2013 which is committed to working towards and promoting economic, social and environmental sustainability.  This includes actively promoting the Health and Wellbeing of all College users.  The Healthy Workplace award seemed the ideal opportunity to bring together all that we currently do and to look at areas in which we can improve.


Recent health and well being activities

  • We have created a 'one stop' Health and Wellbeing  area on our Intranet which includes:


    We now send an E-bulletin every term to inform staff of Health, Wellbeing, Sport and Sustainability initiatives. 

    We have three enthusiastic Sport Activators who have a timetable of over 20 weekly physical activities/classes that staff can join in for free from Fab Abs and Cardio Cycling to Rush Hockey and Swimming. 

    The College continues to offer access to free part time courses for Staff and also discounted complementary therapies including massages at our Inspiration Salons and continues to promote and signpost staff to external agencies in Cornwall providing resources, information and activities to help maintain a health and wellbeing

    Staff from all departments and of varying fitness levels have successfully trained for and competed in the River Dart Mud Run and St Austell Super Sprint Triathlon. 

Plans/aims for the next year

*To implement the recommendations from the 2014 Staff Health and Wellbeing Survey. *In house 'Weigh-to-Go' Healthy Eating Group.  *In house Health Screenings for Staff by HE students studying towards FdSc in Sport Exercise and Fitness.  *More staff challenges including a sponsored walk and 5 Mile Mild Night Run. *Smoking Cessation Group at Truro Campus.  *Lecture to staff by Lifestyle Chiropractic on Posture and Musculo-Skeletal Pain with free screenings on the Posture Machine.

Feedback from our 2014 Staff Survey:

"its a great place to work and this is reflected in my enjoyment of the job"

"Overall, I am very happy. I love my job and find that I can usually strike a balance and deal with any challenges."

"Lots of classes/activities on the Intranet should I want to participate"

"Penwith College runs a fantastic Health & Fitness Club in the hours outside lessons for all Staff & Students promoting a Healthy Lifestyle"


 “We have learned so much through the Cornwall Workplace Health Award Programme already, and are keen that we pass this learning on to our staff.  With many organisations already represented, we were surprised we haven’t got involved sooner as it’s so aligned to our overall ‘Wellbeing Ambition’ that working for the Environment Agency will improve health and wellbeing”

Steve Marks, Environment Agency

Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

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