Additional funding enables us to provide training and equipment for essential life skills such as planning meals and cooking, as well as activities and excursions for residents who would not otherwise have the opportunity.
We encourage healthy lifestyle choices and regularly organise opportunities for young people to go out for a walk together. Our Housing team is currently planning a new gardening space so residents can learn how to grow their own salad and vegetables.
YMCA Cornwall is a big supporter of its biggest resource – its staff. Without them the work of this organisation could not continue to the high standard provided. The way we do this is through the health, safety and wellbeing of all our employees, giving choices that support a healthy work-life balance.
YMCA Cornwall has held CHAS (Contractor Health & Safety) Accreditation for safety procedures for 7 years, received the Workplace Health Gold Award four times, and was awarded the Investors in People Silver Award, a standard that defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well and demonstrates that our approach is to continue to support, develop and look after our staff through ever-changing times. We are now working towards Trusted Charity status. We have also signed up to a charter for employers who are positive about mental health.
YMCA Cornwall is also signed up to a charter for employers who are positive about mental health. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people of working age will experience anxiety or depression. A Mindful Employer survey about what employees say they find helpful found that, while it takes time, workplaces are changing, and that it is becoming easier to talk about mental health at work compared with the past and that people are receiving the right support. YMCA Cornwall realises that the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues and provides non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who do experience mental health issues.
Through the Disability Confident scheme, we have made a commitment to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. The commitments relate to many things we already have in place for staff, including: