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YMCA Cornwall

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

YMCA Cornwall signed up to the Healthy Workplace Award in November 2011 as it recognised that by tackling the workplace health criteria holistically, it could help 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. 

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

At the start of signing up, YMCA Cornwall did not have many of these policies and procedure  in place, and some 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 of the procedures easier such as the free help and advice to give up smoking once the smoking policy had been updated.

We also reviewed absence management procedures and re-introduced return-to-work interviews in order to ensure we could support employees and introduced professional occupational health support for managers to use for the first time.

Other activities include:

  • Health and Wellbeing Directory
  • Running club
  • Healthy Vegetable box scheme
  • Pedometer Challenge

Plans for the future:

We are also looking into corporate membership of the local gym and encouraging new employees who smoke to seek help to give up.

In terms of policy work, we are looking to introduce more ways of flexible working to help staff with family and other commitments.

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YMCA Cornwall encourages its staff to take part in health and fitness activities which it hosts at its premises in Penzance.

For example, three members of staff; myself, Linzi Chappell, the Backpackers Team Leader, and Julie Ford, Finance Assistant, regularly take part in Circuits on a Tuesday lunchtime and then go running along Penzance Promenade on other days. Having showers available for staff after exercise are always appreciated.

- Yvonne Turner, Finance Officer

Mind, a Mental Health Charity, released a report in May 2011 claiming that UK businesses could save £8 billion per year if they managed workplace stress properly. 

The survey also found that 41% of workers experience stress, making it more of a concern than personal finances, health and relationships. 

TRAC Services Ltd

"The healthy workplace toolkit has been an invaluable resource for TRAC. It is helped us review where we are as a company in terms of providing a healthy workplace and clearly identify new measures we can put in place. It is a very robust and easy to use resource that has united the team here in a common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone. The website that support the initiative is easy to use and as lots of very helpful information and case studies. It is really easy to track your progress using the website. We have also benefited greatly from the support and enthusiasm of Rachel and the team in helping us on our journey and were delighted to be awarded silver following our recent assessment." - TRAC Services Ltd

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