The Inclusivity Project aimed to contribute to and influence local and national policy in the area of work and health. Our focus was on the small and medium size organisations within Cornwall, but our findings were of relevance and interest to a much larger audience.

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Jane Abraham worked for The Inclusivity Project as policy adviser, drawing on her work with DWP, as well as Flourish  – her own workplace wellness consultancy. In the video she explained why workplace inclusivity is high priority for government:

The evidence

Systems analysis: Older people’s employability

Bias against older and disabled workers

Practical application

Hybrid work culture for older workers

Research areas

Qualitative research into small business resilience

Older female workers

Dr. Susan Reh and Prof. Victoria Tischler from the University of Exeter explore concerns around work and wellbeing, in particular in the context of older female workers.

ESF workshop illustration

They organized two workshops with participants across various countries in Europe on Sustainable Workplaces and the Wellbeing of Older Female Workers in Europe. This led to a review of literature that will appear in the forthcoming text: Sustainable Work in Europe (Peter Lang).


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

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 included;

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

We recognised that undertaking detailed research and producing high quality evidence would take time but believed the potential impact of The Inclusivity Project was important to wider national employment challenges.