THE LIGHTHOUSE CONSTRUCTION Industry Charity has provided £1.13m of charitable services to support the wellbeing of the construction industry.
In what it says was a ‘challenging year’ for the charity, 2019 saw a 56% increase in demand for services through the 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline. The number of construction families needing wellbeing and financial support rose to 2,616 with a total of £703,641 of charitable funds provided to support them.
3,000 mental health first aiders
Mental health continues to feature heavily in the charity’s work, and as a founder member of the industry’s ‘Building Mental Health’ programme, the Lighthouse has is driving momentum to ensure a better mental health culture in the industry. To assist this, £411,962 has been spent on the charity’s Education and Training programme with a project managed on behalf of the CITB training 300 Mental Health First Aid Instructors, who in turn have trained over 3,000 Mental Health First Aiders to provide ‘boots on the ground’ support for our construction workforce.
Just over £21,000 has been invested in the Construction Industry Helpline App which provides information, advice and guidance on a variety of wellbeing issues. The app is also being developed for companies with major sites and joint venture projects, who want to provide additional, site-specific, real-time information, such as details on health and safety briefings and site inductions.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity says, “We are working tirelessly to ensure that our construction workers and their families have access to the help they need, Our helpline cards have now been distributed to almost 600,000 of our workforce and our app has been downloaded over 20,000 times.
“We will continue to deliver pro-active interventions to ensure that situations do not reach a life critical stage and our mission is to ensure that no worker feels alone in a crisis.
“To support our helpline, we have recently introduced professional caseworkers who ensure that applicants receive all possible support, both from us and other organisations. This means that the charity is spending less per case whilst delivering a more holistic and higher quality service.
Lunch and learn
“We’ve also recently extended our mental health training to offer an increased variety of construction-focused mental health training, including our ‘lunch and learn’ mental health sessions, right through to the MHFA England two-day training courses. Any organisation that becomes a Company Supporter by committing to an annual donation also receives fantastic discounts too.
“This year also sees the launch of two fantastic physical challenges: a 210-mile bike ride from Leitrim to Killarney in Ireland and an epic 48-hour Four Peaks Challenge starting in Scotland and ending in Ireland. So, if anyone is looking to get fit this year with one of the best team building challenges around this is for you!”
To access the helpline’s team of experts, call 0345 605 1956 or visit the Construction Industry Helpline website here.
All of the information regarding the charity’s helpline services, mental health training, Company Supporters programme and Physical challenges can be found on the Lighthouse Club website here.