A greener campus

We follow and promote the principles of one planet living;
  • minimising our use of non-renewable and scarce natural resources,
  • planning, investing and involving our staff, students and communities in sustainable practices, and
  • providing an education in sustainability relevant to a world threatened by climate change.
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Wellbeing in the Workplace

Wellbeing in the Workplace is important to FX Plus and a team has been working for months on ways to improve this for everyone.

There is no one answer or quick fix but we hope to coordinate a range of activities, events and suggestions which could improve your personal workplace wellbeing.

Wellbeing in the Workplace is about the smaller things that FX Plus can do to support you and things you can do to support yourself and colleagues. As part of this we have launched a smaller, ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ campaign.

The Five Ways – connecting, moving, noticing, learning and giving – are based on the findings of a UK Government wellbeing report. Public Health Wales sums them up neatly as ‘a wellbeing equivalent of five fruit and vegetables a day.’

It is recommended that individuals build the Five Ways (which are described in the boxes below) into their daily lives to improve their wellbeing.

Some of you will have been involved in a workshop relating to this with Cornwall-based eco design company LEAP (in November 2017). This has resulted in our own, FX Plus Five Ways to Wellbeing images.

These are now available in the Sharepoint area for you to download and use. So for instance, if you send an email to colleagues inviting them to a lunchtime drawing club, you could use the images for connecting, noticing and learning.

We’re hoping this will help everyone recognise wellbeing activities.

So please, have a look through the images, have a think and get in touch with ideas and activities to help us make this a success.

Departmental reviews, have also uncovered questions about larger issues. To try to answer some of these we have put together ‘Wellbeing FAQs’ – and uploaded them to the new Wellbeing FX Plus area on Sharepoint.

Some, larger activities are also already going on. These include:

  • The reintroduction of Dignity at Work Advisors (to be launched in September 2018) – with a much more robust procedure to support them and you.
  • We are working with our Chaplaincy colleagues to strengthen staff wellbeing at work.
  • The launch of a new People Strategy, part of which includes development of our Vision and Values.

As well as these there are smaller, everday things on offer.

A selection will be updated below:

Strava running and cycling groups

Rob Greensmith, Head of Security, has set up two groups on Strava – one for running and one for cycling.

If you’re interested you’ll need to download the free Strava app onto your mobile then search for FX Plus Staff Cycling and/or FX Plus Staff Running. Everyone is welcome to join.

Once a member you can post running and cycling routes and see if others want to join you.

Library Membership

 FX Plus employees are entitled to full library membership, which includes access to the physical stock (books, CDs, vinyl, maps, DVDs and videos) from both Falmouth  and Penryn Campus libraries. Books from Streatham campus in Exeter can also be borrowed.

Online, FX Plus employees also have access to all Falmouth resources using their IT user name and login (not for business use).  

See:https://library.fxplus.ac.uk/resource

FX Plus employees can also ask their line manager to contact the University of Exeter for Associate staff status – this then allows access to University of Exeter online resources.  

The catalogue here will allow you to search both here and Exeter’s stock: 

http://voyager.falmouth.ac.uk/vwebv/searchBasic?sk=faldefault 

Your employee ID card is your library card.

New choir launches in September 2018 - please join!

Wednesdays 1-2pm, Chapel Lecture Theatre Starting on Wednesday 26 September 2018. 

An abundance of evidence now suggests that singing boosts your brain power, relieves stress and improves your physical health – some have even gone as far to say that singing is the new yoga! Imagine that?

So why not escape your desk and those unread emails and come join us for a group vocal workout.

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere open to all, no prior experience or reading music required.

Please register your interest here and we can stay in touch with you.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kana-tremough-tickets-47952885371

Penryn Campus Sports Centre - Looking After Your Health & Wellbeing

  • The Fitness Class Timetable includes the following Wellbeing classes: Yoga, Pilates and Guided Meditation.
  • Sports Hall - Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, (9:00-11:00am & 2:00-4:00pm).

                     i.        Badminton - £5:00.  No membership required.

                   ii.        Table Tennis - £2.50.  No membership required.

                  iii.        Half hall - £10:00.  No membership required.

                  iv.        Whole hall - £20:00.  No membership required.

  • MUGA – Multi Use Games Area – Happy Hour, Mon-Sun, (2:00-4:00pm).

                     i.        £5:00.  No membership required.

  • 6 x Workouts Of The Week (WOW’s).  No membership required.  £1:50 members & £2:50 non-members.
  • Health MOT £5:00.  Please see ‘Start Your Fitness Journey Today’ Poster.  No membership required. 
  • Training Programme - £15 and The Complete Fitness Package - £25:00.  Please see attached – ‘Start Your Fitness Journey Today’ Poster.
  • Penryn Campus Orienteering Course - Maps from Simon Court – Sports Centre Manager.
  • Outdoor Equipment x 10 located at the MUGA, Multi Use Games Area.  No membership required.

Penryn Campus gardening:

Gardening provides substantial health benefits as well as being relaxing and enjoyable.  So if you would like to volunteer to help in the peaceful and beautiful Walled Garden to tackle some therapeutic weeding or propagating for the allotment, then contact Head Gardener Toby Nenning ( tobias.nenning@fxplus.ac.uk ) as he is looking to start a one-day-a-week scheme when volunteers could turn up and work alongside the gardening team.