HWS programme improves mental health and physical wellbeing

Truro and Penwith College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme (HWS) has successfully launched a new physical activity programme to support students at Truro, Penwith and Callywith College.

The multi award-winning Truro and Penwith College Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme has successfully established a new mental health and physical wellbeing support programme that has supported 100% of the students referred to stay in full-time education at Truro, Penwith and Callywith Colleges. 

Vicky Pearson - Programme Team Leader for Sport, Matt Pullen, Jane Cashmore - Director of Operations and Julian Wills - HWS Project Lead

Vicky Pearson - Programme Team Leader for Sport, Matt Pullen, Jane Cashmore - Director of Operations and Julian Wills - HWS Project Lead

The programme works with students who have been identified as those who may be likely to leave education due to external challenges in their lives and would benefit from physical activity to support their mental and/or physical health. Referrals are made by any member of staff from across the College, and by the College's Student Services Team. The programme's physical activity sessions, provided by the College's HWS team, offer an opportunity to decrease anxiety and stress, and help students return to the classroom in a psychological state that is conducive to learning. Some participants have been identified as having anger management and behavioural issues, for which the programme provides them with an opportunity to exert energy and become physically tired and mentally refreshed.

James Lynham, Project Activator, and Mark Stevens, Project Lead Assistant at the Cornwall Teachers Awards

James Lynham, Project Activator, and Mark Stevens, Project Lead Assistant at the Cornwall Teachers Awards

In the 2017-18 academic year, every student who has engaged with this programme is still currently studying at the Colleges, demonstrating a 100% retention rate.

The College's HWS Team has received national recognition for its work with staff and young people at the College and most recently was 'Highly Commended' for the 'Student Wellbeing Initiative of the Year' at the 2018 Cornwall Teachers Awards held at Truro Cathedral.

We are delighted with the impact on student retention that the HWS programme is having, and the positive effect it is having on students lives.

Andy Stittle, Director of Teaching and Learning