College’s national award-winning HWS project expands

New funding thanks to incredible success of scheme.

Truro and Penwith College’s Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme, which is currently joint funded by Sport England, has once again exceeded its key performance targets and is now looking to expand its work even further.

The project, which has to provide comprehensive reports on progress to key stakeholders every six months, has once again been approved for funding to continue the programme throughout this academic year.

Further funding has also been secured from two of Cornwall’s leading sports industry specialists, Indian Queens-based bicycle shop ‘Unit Cycles’ and Penryn-based climbing centre ‘Granite Planet’. They have both provided sponsorship to enable HWS to purchase new uniform for the 30 volunteer Activators who help deliver more than 60 free activities for students and staff every week at Truro and Penwith College.

The new sponsorship heralds the start of an expansion to the HWS project, which will not only be delivering the established weekly activity programme that receives over 15,000 visits each year, but will now also provide ‘Fit for Life’ and ‘Fit for Work’ lifestyle programmes for several faculties across the College.

The expansion of delivery is possible because of the successful Activator development programme, which trains, deploys and manages Higher and Further Education students who assist in the delivery of HWS initiatives. The programme is designed to provide students with industry-based experience, training opportunities and mentoring. Some of the students are now in their third year of Activator work, having been inspired through engagement in the project to remain at Truro and Penwith College to study Foundation Degree courses.

Julian Wills, HWS Project Lead, said “I am delighted with the success of the HWS project. We have continued to secure funding for the programme by achieving and exceeding targets set out by our key stakeholders. We always look to deliver projects to the highest possible standard and be a model of best practice.”