Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust
Health & Wellbeing Day
A Health & Well Being Day was hosted for staff and guests at the Royal Cornwall Showground the 4th July and was a somewhat celebratory day!
Besides each table being generously supplied with fruit each person was given a free filled water bottle healthy snacks and a healthy lunch of homemade soups. The day was packed with activities and a very special inspirational speaker. Helen Glover, Cornwall’s very own double Olympian Champion, three-times World Champion, twice European Champion and multiple World Cup gold medal winner, in fact Helen Glover is one of the most decorated athletes in the GB rowing team!
Laura Chapman (Community Maker East) and myself (Community Maker North) were lucky enough to be invited to this prestigious day.
We started the day with some ‘stretch & flex’ a kind of warm up for the day. That was followed by some information on Mental Wellbeing which helped us to look at ourselves and delve into the workings of our unique individual minds presented by Kevin Simpson, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist from Outlook South West.
After the break it was Helen Glover who gave an inspirational talk on what it takes to become an Olympian with real footage of her two Olympic Gold wins. I experienced a surge of emotions as I’m sure the rest of the room did remembering watching both races live at the time. This was followed by a round of applause for the remarkable achievements of Helen and her teammate Heather. There was also footage of her training which was evident form the pain in her face how much relentless hard work it takes to become such an accomplished athlete. Helen also gave great praise to all the NHS staff there for their relentless hard work which I thought was a lovely touch. She is semi-retired now as she has a nearly one year old son but when asked if she would ever compete again she couldn’t say for sure that she wouldn’t!
During the lunch break three activities were offered, Yoga, Mindfulness and (walk) The Daily Mile. I chose the yoga and Laura the daily mile, both were outside in the glorious sunshine and beautiful environment of the Royal Cornwall Showground.
After lunch there were a couple of more activities and workshops and the most enjoyable for me was the ‘Singing for Wellbeing’ with Claire Ingleheart.
Claire managed to turn the whole room into a massive choir consisting of high, medium and low, soprano, alto and bass. Laura and I both alto. It was a joyful experience and remarkable that Claire was able to achieve this with a room full of strangers who she’d never sung with before!
The Trust are keen to look after the Health & Wellbeing of their staff and offer many initiatives: Mental Health First Aid, Positive Mental Wellbeing, Staff Health Checks, Live Well Age Well Work Well, Healthy Weight & Lifestyle and many more.
The whole event was a good healthy day out and we hope to be invited to the next one. Maybe more organisations should treat their staff to a ‘Health & Wellbeing Day’
In Photo: Helen Glover MBE
Written by Penny Steventon
North Cornwall Community Maker