HWS Programme Improves Physical and Mental Health

Staff and Students from Truro and Penwith College are feeling the benefits mentally and physically from their Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme, with 95% of participants rating their experience as good or outstanding.

Staff and Students from Truro and Penwith College are feeling the benefits mentally and physically from their Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme, with 95% of participants rating their experience as good or outstanding.

Participants who attend the activities delivered through the HWS programme have been asked to consider how they are effected by the activities, as part of an annual survey.

Over 300 staff and students from both Truro and Penwith sites participated in the survey, providing information through an online and paper based questionnaire.

The HWS programme was created five years ago, as part of a Sport England initiative to engage with young people who were not participating in regular physical activity. The survey results confirm the success of the project with over 35% of HWS participants being classed as inactive before they engaged with the programme, significantly higher than the average inactivity figures for Colleges. This demonstrates that HWS is providing targeted activities for those who would usually be inactivie.

Almost all participants experienced mental and physical health benefits, with 98% of students and staff saying that the HWS activity sessions improved their physical well-being, and 94% linking their HWS participation to improved mental health.

As a result in engagement with the HWS programme 97% of participants said that they were now more likely to participate in regular physical activity, with 65% confirming that they had made changes to their lifestyles as a result of participating in the free daily sessions offered through the College. These changes included eating healthier, undertaking regular exercise, reducing sugar or alcohol intake and walking/cycling to College.

The results of the survey further demonstrate the significant impact the HWS programme has made on the lives of students and staff at Truro and Penwith College. With over 15,000 visits to activities throughout the year and engaging with over 1500 different people annually, the initiative has transcended across both campuses and all faculties.

Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies, said “The HWS programme is a huge success, one that the College is very proud of. The survey results clearly demonstrate the tremendous impact the activities are having on students and staff mental and physical health. We will endeavour to continue to work with Sport England to expand the project, and to engage with more participants”.