The Sport England and National Lottery funded HWS programme was developed to create staff role models, change staff attitudes to physical activity and to promote mental health and physical wellbeing.
The HWS programme offers all staff at Truro and Penwith College free access to over 50 different physical activities each week, including gym sessions, swimming, exercise classes, badminton, football and climbing. Over 300 different members of staff participated in the HWS activities during the last academic year, from across both Truro and Penwith sites.
In a recent survey, almost all those partaking in HWS activities experienced mental and physical health benefits, with 98% of participants saying that the HWS activity sessions improved their physical wellbeing, and 94% linking their HWS engagement to improved mental health.
Sarah Russell, Curriculum Secretary, said of the HWS programme: "I can honestly say this is an outstanding experience and has improved my physical and mental health tremendously over the years."
Julian Wills, HWS Project Lead said: “We are delighted with the success of the HWS programme, and to receive this award in recognition for our work is wonderful. We are extremely grateful to Sport England and the National Lottery for the funding they have provided to develop the HWS project and to help improve people’s mental wellbeing and physical health.”