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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

Casestudy

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”

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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