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Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Projectí by Sarah Newton MP and Minister for Disability, Work and Health

Date: 4 Oct 2018

We would like to invite you to participate in a project that Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP are running in collaboration with the University of Plymouth which sits within the wider ‘Beacon Project’. We are looking to those of you who are either passionate about or are facing difficulties related to the employment of people with disabilities or long term health conditions. You certainly don’t have to be an expert or have direct experience in your business, but if you feel you have anything to share on this subject we want you to be a part of The Beacon Project and invite you to join our ‘Business Insights Group’.

There will be three sessions across Cornwall at the end of October to discuss knowledge, thoughts and experiences around employing and retaining those with disabilities or long term health conditions which will help guide a Cornwall wide marketing campaign aimed at building employers confidence around the project. A round of seminars will then be held to disseminate the findings from the sessions and discuss appropriate courses of action for the campaign. If you are interested in joining the group, please can you complete a short survey [CLICK HERE] by 5th October.

Please appreciate that as The University of Plymouth are conducting this survey, you will be asked to consent to your anonymised data being used by the researchers. We really appreciate you completing the survey even if you are unable to attend the sessions.

For more information, you can also email beaconproject@cioslep.com

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My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

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