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Company ethos or mission statement: 

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

“Public Health England South West is delighted to showcase the workplace wellbeing case studies from Cornwall and Isle of Scilly as exemplars of good practice in support of the: ‘Mental health toolkit for employers’, ‘Musculoskeletal health in the workplace’, ‘Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers’ and ‘Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention guide for employers’.  Cornwall and Isle of Scilly has a long track record of leading the way in supporting local employers develop approaches that create healthy workplaces which meet the quality mark standards required to receive the prestigious ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’ award.”

Professor Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing South West

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

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