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P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 23 April, 2015
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
We continue to encourage more active travel by our staff by upholding the keep, accessibility and security of the Matrix bike shed.
To improve accessibility to safe cycling, contributions to the cost of bike locks, cycling helmets, night lights and high-visibility bands continue to be made available to employees up to the value of fifty pounds.
Last year, a new shower was put in to offer better and cleaner facilities for those opting to cycle or run during the day. An office refurbishment is considering additional shower facilities to accommodate a growing staff team.
Bikeability training has not been arranged this year due to a lack of demand.
Matrix continues to offer the Fair Care Cycle to Work scheme to those who wish to purchase a bicycle in order to cycle to work.
W/c 12th May 2014, Matrix signed up to the Living Streets Walk to Work Week. Staff members were each given a pedometer and walking challenges were set for the week. Prizes were awarded to those who walked the most miles. It was combined with Health Week, which included a Pilates, Yoga and a Nia Dance class.
Information has been emailed out and added to our intranet on the health benefits of regular physical activity and how to become more active. This includes information on local opportunities to be physically active such as local gyms and exercise classes. A four week Pilates course was run throughout the month of August, which employees were able to attend during working hours. It was agreed that a fitness class once a month would not be realistic.
Our small gym area was cleared out two years ago and rearranged to ensure that our small amount of exercise equipment was fully accessible to employees, who now use it in a regular basis.
Once a month, staff are offered a 10 minute massage at Matrix by an external masseuse at a convenient time during the working day.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
We continue to encourage clients to walk and cycle to Chambers by offering them the option to download walking or cycling routes from our website. Clients are then able to access the Matrix bike shed when they arrive by bicycle, which some regular clients and event guests take advantage of this.
Since we signed up to the Responsibility Deal, we have arranged three netball matches and one football match with clients meeting our target of arranging two a year. In addition, we have entered teams in to three legal walks.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
Through the Matrix Causes Fund, Matrix has provided funding for a variety of community-based physical activity programmes. However, due to overwhelming demand, this fund has been closed this year to recuperate funds. We aim to open it again towards the end of 2015.
Please estimate the number of your employees who participated in your workplace physical activity programmes over the last year and explain how you arrived at this estimate.
Each member of staff (40) took part in our 2014 Walk to Work Week, measured by the profiles uploaded to the Living Streets website, which recorded the steps taken during the week. Records indicate that 5 members of staff took part in the 2014 four week Pilates course. Massage attendance each month varies according to workload of employees but approximately 70% of the team participate each month according to the rota. 8 people took part in the London Legal Support Trust London Legal Walk 2014.
Has the number of your employees participating in your workplace physical activity programmes increased since last year? If unknown, please explain why.
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
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