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Acorn Academy Cornwall

  • Installed on-site gyms at all 6 regional academies, which are used by both students and staff
  • Started an inter-academy ten pin bowling league with bowling nights each half term, and a trophy for the winning team
  • Trained a Health Champion at each site and held termly meetings to discuss best practice and innovations
 Angel Fulfilment Services Ltd
  • Mental health awareness – a huge shift in how we approach mental health, we have so much more understanding now and the positive effects of removing any stigma and judgement are overwhelming.
  • Cultural change – the results of a recent Company Culture survey show that Angel has a ‘family feel’ and is a ‘happy place to be’.
  • Healthy Weight – great results following Amy’s visits, we plan to continue this with healthy snacks and more friendly competitions!
Cornwall Development Company
  • Setting up a lunchtime badminton club, we now have 10 members who play weekly
  • A team taking part in the ROK5k
  • Getting more staff taking part in the Get Active Challenge
 Halwin School
  • Got people moving more! - pedometer challenges, staff fitness sessions, couch to 5K
  • Raised profile of health and wellbeing- mentally and physically. display boards, training, meetings, staff challenges- all in a fun way
  • Team building and motivation - working together, signposting, use of space in the toilet, half termly focus
The Cornwall College Group
  • Working with the Health Promotion Service and Workways to roll out stress, resilience, mindfulness and keeping well at work training
  • Creating the Workplace Health and Wellbeing resource on the intranet
  • Changes we’ve made to our catering which involve more salads and healthy food options are available, and some unhealthy options have been removed altogether


Ambrosia Creamery

  • Good participation in a company cycling event in September
  • 100% increase on attendance of the "Know your Numbers" Health Promotion in September (from the previous year)
  • Excellent participation in the Walking Day event (approx. 45) in October

Cornish Mutual

  • 22 employees signed up for two healthy weight sessions, which enabled everyone to 10 minute (free) sessions with a healthy eating/fitness specialist
  • Bringing in a lot more healthier options at meetings, events and business lunches which has had a really positive reaction from all colleagues and external visitors
  • Getting both offices engaged via the monthly ‘Up for FIT’ newsletter – whether that be by sharing their stories with us or by contributing to the content

Cornwall Music Service Trust


  • Increasing the awareness of Health and Well-being to all staff, with individuals making positive changes as a result of information shared
  • Providing all staff with a CMST water bottle to encourage good hydration throughout the day
  • Offering a range of social activities to enable staff to involve their families. e.g. Christmas party, Race for Life and Barn Dance

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • Health and Wellbeing Conference for 180 staff at the Eden Project concentrating on Mental Health with Ruby Wax as guest speaker
  • Smokefree for Staff across all Trust Sites from 1st April 2017
  • Improved marketing and awareness of the Improving Working Lives fund for Teams to access Yoga, Bowling nights, spa days, Kayaking and football golf

Devon & Cornwall Police CIOS BCU

  • Healthy Weight Programme - 2000 staff access Tanita Body Composition scales with 80% of staff self reporting making a positive behaviour change
  • Mental Health focus
  • Free EAP app, for all staff to access help and support at anytime

Forms Plus Ltd

  • Musculoskeletal health – One:2:One assessments by an experienced occupational health consultant through a local physiotherapy practice. The team does mid afternoon stretches each day to move and reenergise
  • Healthy eating and nutrition including bring and share healthy buffet lunches on a theme such as rainbow coloured, a hydration challenge, a 5 a day fruit and veg challenge and a fun nutrition quiz.
  • Free healthy weight checks using the Tanita body composition scales

LumiraDx Care Solutions

  • 5 x staff trained as Mental Health First Aiders and working group formed
  • Mindfulness training delivered and lunchtime sessions established
  • 3 x staff gained IOSH Health and Safety qualifications in 2017

Mount Hawke Academy

  • INSET training day dedicated to Staff Health and wellbeing
  • 2 more champions have been trained up to form a Health and Wellbeing team
  • Many staff receiving free counselor sessions

Ocean Housing Group Ltd

  • Our Healthy hub portal – promoting Sugar Smart
  • Weight Management initiative
  • Raising awareness of health and wellbeing on the company’s strategic agenda

 St Breock Primary School

  • Weekly ‘keep fit’ class offered to all staff
  • Our involvement, as a pilot school, with Gavin Armstrong's Functional Movement project, which staff could access for free
  • Termly social event, for all staff to engage in

St Stephen Churchtown Academy

  • We now provide free fruit each week to staff members to contribute to healthy eating at school
  • All staff have been given a water bottle as a gift to encourage greater water intake and hydration
  • We continue to provide support to staff and have been able to signpost several members to services over this last year to help improve their health and wellbeing

Trewithen Dairy

  • Signing up to Sugar Smart
  • Provision of a spinning bike at site for all to use and installation of cycle shelter
  • We have undertaken mental health awareness training for most of our senior team including the Directors and have also signed up 3 of our colleagues to undertake the ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training

Truro Learning Academy

  • Positive staff moral and team spirit
  • The positive impact of the 'Box of Joy‘
  • Ensuring we acknowledge and celebrate profession and personal achievements


Biscovey Academy

  • Introducing a Staffroom stress box to allow all staff a chance to unwind
  • Supporting a number of colleagues through some very challenging personal situations
  • Promoting out of school activities to enhance team building and overall well being

 Bugle School

  • 6 staff are now trained as health and well-being champions
  • Subsidised staff lunches (a negotiated cost of £1.00 per meal from Chartwells)
  • Staff compete against one another with ‘Fitbits’ to increase their activity levels

Cornwall Council

  • Nationally recognised and named ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative’ by CIPD in 2017

  • Higher levels of participation in Health and Wellbeing initiatives than ever before – more champions, more attendance at campaigns, increased hits to intranet and internet, more volunteering days, wider wellbeing training offer and increased engagement in staff surveys

  • Introduction of a Healthy Cooking Course for council and school staff

DWP St Austell ESA Service Centre

  • Training our managers with the ‘Making Every Contact Count’ training, which was shared with all staff

  • Training 25 staff in Mindfulness/Sleep hygiene and Meditation, which all staff positively promoted to their colleagues, using newly acquired techniques

  • And most recently Stop Smoking Session, with 4 staff signing up to the challenge

Environment Agency

  • Driving our wellbeing ambition for employees to be healthier as a result of working here, which has raised awareness and increased local leadership in Health and Wellbeing for all our staff
  • 32 Mental health first aiders – identifiable through ID Lanyards; publicised through local awareness campaign and signs next to office first aiders so all staff know this support is available
  • Healthy weight awareness targeted to our office and field based staff – with increased staff classified as healthy weight

Frugi (Cut 4 Cloth Ltd)

  • Launch of the Frugi Health & Wellbeing Guide, covering core health and wellbeing issues and signposting to other organisations
  • Centralised resource centre, detailing all of our events, initiatives and external resources, that everyone can access
  • Shortlisted for the Active Workplace for the Year award by Cornwall Sports Partnership. Competition was fierce and whilst we didn’t win, our efforts to raise awareness and increase engagement levels with a variety of initiatives were recognised

PALL Aerospace

  • Healthy Eating - Provision of a new salad bar, offering healthy options. Employees have flexibility to make requests & pre order at subsidies cost
  • Healthy Wellbeing Clinics to staff with the option to attend OH for blood pressure, cholesterol, urinalysis, smoking cessation/weight management – general health and wellbeing and to discuss any concerns
  • Mental Health - more emphasis on supporting employees. OH support, private counselling, supporting employees to attend Stress Busters during worktime. Managers are receiving specific training on stress management/awareness

Pendennis Shipyard

  • Team of 8 staff now trained to Face fit Respirators and 1 lead recently accredited to ‘Fit2Fit’
  • Review of all Gym classes and new 2018 schedule devised to accommodate members’ requirements
  • The Galley now offering on request ‘out of hours’ catering service for late/night shift workers.  Plastic food containers no longer in use and replaced with cardboard

Proper Cornish & Furniss

  • Healthy Weight and Eating workshops – with measurable achievements by individuals and the team
  • Introduction of fully trained Mental Health First Aiders into the Company
  • A proactive approach to musculoskeletal issues within the workplace


  • The implementation of our company values of working together, openness and responsibility and our very own thank you cards which all staff give to each other for brilliant ideas, going the extra mile, for caring and for being a star!
  • Focusing on mental health by renewing our Mindful Employer pledges and providing Mindful Manager training for all of our managers
  • Providing a work placement for people with learning disabilities in partnership with Boscawen Farm, which has helped our own staff to learn and develop coaching skills and mentoring

Sandy Hill Academy

  • Hydration - Recognising that hydration levels needed improving.  Providing all staff with water bottles and a water cooler in the staff room
  • Vitamins - Having hit 'bug season' we brought in fresh fruit and vegetables and provided staff with fresh juice and smoothies. We titled this 'Vitamins in a cup'
  • Awareness -  Raising awareness to regular health screening.  Borrowed replica breasts and testicles to show how to check for lumps

Shortlanesend School

  • Calendar of events - providing a monthly change to our H&W focus
  • Santa Fun Run as a staff - some being dragged around by our children!
  • Fitness Buddies - given colleagues confidence to attend fitness classes

St Austell Brewery

  • Setting up the HOPS (Health Optimisation and Promotion Scheme) initiative within the brewery to bring all workplace health benefits under one umbrella and to  ensure these initiatives are visible to all.
  • The development and running of the HOPS Voluntary Health Checks available to all employees and includes checks of BP, HR, Glucose, Cholesterol, BMI and respiratory peak flow.
  • Developing a strategy of support for those experiencing stress including signposting, funded counselling and OH support

St Minver School

  • Training of a second Health and Wellbeing Champion
  • A significant number of staff participating in the Truro ROC5k run (in horrendous weather)
  • Supporting a number of staff with significant health and personal problems
  • Healthy Weight programme for all staff to access

TRAC A PharmaLex Company

  • Virtual Three Peaks Challenge – climb a combined total of 2010 flights of stairs to promote heart health and boost exercise as part of a normal routine. Participation levels were fantastic and the team embraced the challenge!
  • Trying new alternative therapies or relaxation/self-care techniques - taster session of chair yoga and an additional 3 taster sessions of a holistic therapy of choice to promote relaxation, mental health and musculoskeletal awareness
  • Truro Treasure Trail – incorporate an outdoor activity with a staff social that included both a mental and physical workout!

Truro & Penwith College

  • Absence rates consistently well below National and Industry figures (2%)
  • The College has won both the AoC’s Beacon Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Leading Light Accolade
  • Over 70 Staff received ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training

Whitemoor Academy

  • We participated in the Santa Run for the second year in a row
  • Recipe of the week challenge
  • Creating a more positive and pleasant staffroom environment, both physically and mentally

YMCA Cornwall

  • Four teams entered into the 2017 Get Active Challenge this year
  • Signed up to the Sugar Smart Initiative and immediately signed up to two pledges
  • Implemented a new People Management System that encourages better communications between managers and employees and also allows employees to book their holidays either online or via a smartphone app from home

One in five people report feeling extremely stressed at work

Employee Feedback

"As a company BT puts the Health and Wellbeing of its employees extremely high on its list of priorities and at the Consumer Sales Call Centre in Truro we’re very pleased that our work in this area has been recognised by a gold award.  Initiatives that we’ve spearheaded as a result of our involvement in the scheme have included workshops to encourage healthy eating and stopping smoking as well as promoting the use of our on-site gym.   Working towards and achieving the Healthy Workplace Gold Award has been an extremely rewarding process.  The assessment process has provided us with a framework to recognise the actions and activities that are already in place as well as to identify areas in which additional activity could take place"- Tracey Camps, BT Consumer Sales Truro.

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