YMCA Cornwall holds CHAS (Contractor Health & Safety) Accreditation for our safety procedures and supporting documentation which are audited annually; we have held this for 7 years.
We received the Gold Award for the Workplace Health initiative run by NHS Cornwall and the IoS in conjunction with Cornwall Council five times. The award promotes a number of wellbeing issues to encourage fit and healthy employees, fostering team motivation and engagement. We were acknowledged for being the first organisation to give Fitbits as part of our recruitment package to encourage staff to take more exercise.
YMCA Cornwall achieved the Investors in People Silver Award, a standard that defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results 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 attaining Trusted Charity status which specifically relates to the effective management and governance of a charity.
YMCA Cornwall is also signed up to a charter for employers who are positive about mental health. It’s 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:
- inclusive and accessible recruitment
- communicating vacancies
- offering an interview to disabled people
- providing reasonable adjustments
- supporting existing employees