Jane Abraham works for The Inclusivity Project as policy adviser, drawing on her work with DWP, as well as Flourish  – her own workplace wellness consultancy. She explains why workplace inclusivity is high priority for government:

As the population ages, policy makers recognise the benefits of keeping everybody of working age productive, well, and in work. This supports the economy, reduces health inequalities, and improves quality of life for all. ‘Good work’ benefits everyone but we know work can have both positive and negative effects on health and wellbeing.

Jane Abraham

Health and work, business and policy adviser, The Inclusivity Project

The Inclusivity Project aims to contribute to and influence local and national policy in the area of work and health. Our focus will initially be on the small and medium size organisations within Cornwall but expect our findings to be of relevance and interest to a much larger audience.

Over recent years, there has been increasing awareness of both the positive and negative effects of work on an individual’s health and wellbeing and organisational productivity. Key government policies include;

At a local level, Cornwall is leading the way in recognising the importance of Healthy workplaces. This is demonstrated by the current work of Cornwall’s Healthy Workplace Team and The Beacon Project.

We recognise that undertaking detailed research and producing high quality evidence will take time but believe the potential impact of The Inclusivity Project will be important to wider national employment challenges.

Age UK Cornwall & Ilses of Scilly
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
European Centre for Environment & Human Health
European Regional Development Fund
South West Academic Health Science Network
The Inclusivity Project
The University of Exeter