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YMCA Cornwall was successful in achieving the Bronze Award that year, followed by Silver in 2012.  We decided to take a step by step approach and  obtain the Award in stages rather than aim for Gold immediately.  This was to allow the changes to be introduced gradually rather than introducing too many changes at once and failing to get everyone on board.  At the start of signing up, YMCA Cornwall did not have many policies and procedures in place to support workplace health, and those that existed needed bringing up to date.  The upshot of this was that employees became more involved as they were consulted over the changes helping to raise their awareness of the issues discussed.  We have limited resources but we were able to identify free sources of help that made the implementation easier such as the free help and advice to give up smoking once the smoking policy had been updated; in this regard the Health Promotion Service were invaluable. 

A brief summary of why you have become a healthy workplace:

YMCA Cornwall signed up to the Healthy Workplace Award in November 2011as it recognised that by tackling the workplace health criteria holistically, it could help them improve the health of the workforce and help them cope better with the changes that were going on as well as making YMCA Cornwall a great place to work and improving its corporate image.


David Hal-Davies, Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Cornwall says “since we have embraced exercise and activity in the workplace, absenteeism has dramatically dropped, the number people cycling regularly to work has gone through the roof and overall it’s a much more vibrant and pleasant place to work”



The important things about making exercise and activity a regular part of everyday working life in the YMCA is it becomes the norm and staff who wouldn’t dream of getting involved suddenly realise it’s fun and beneficial.

- David Hal-Davies, Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Cornwall

St. Austell Brewery won a gold award on their first year of taking part in the programme. Chrissie Knight, Occupational Health Manager for the brewery, commented, “Caring for and investing in the workforce has always been a priority at the Brewery and it is wonderful to gain recognition for the work that takes place at all levels to ensure that we remain an employer of choice for people in the South West, which is not only because of the opportunities that exist at many levels within the organisation, but also because of the support and benefits that exist for all employees”

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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

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