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 – 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 developments of our Vision and Values.

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

A selection will be updated below:

Join our new campus choir - Kana Tremough!

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

Here's an idea for some wellbeing time at Falmouth Campus:

The Belmont Potager garden is flourishing. The great tits have fledged, the bees are doing their work and the plants are growing in the June sunshine. The walled garden is a quiet spot to have lunch and escape the confines of the office. Henry David Thoreau wrote about his passion for being in nature. " We must go out and re-ally ourselves to Nature everyday." Even John Ruskin the leader of the Victorian Aesthetic Movement insisted that gardens and parks were necessities for the masses, rather than luxuries for the few.

We must remember to walk outside and embrace the nature around us and appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. Belmont garden is not just a Vegetable/Potager garden I believe it to be a Therapeutic Garden.

Penryn Campus:

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.