A new construction industry helpline for construction professionals has been launched by the Lighthouse Club charity at a Considerate Constructors Scheme event.
The helpline will provide confidential, 24-hour support to the construction industry’s workforce and their families on difficulties they may face, including financial troubles, depression, occupational health and wellbeing, illness and bereavement.
The launch is a particularly welcome development as the industry looks to improve care for the emotional and physical health of the workforce, alongside ever increasing improvements on site, equipment and personal safety.
The Construction Industry Helpline
The helpline number is 0845 605 1956 and the website is at www.constructionindustryhelpline.com.
The new helpline is funded by the Lighthouse Club, donations from individuals, businesses and organisations in the construction industry and through the purchase of wristbands and posters (see more, below).
The Considerate Constructors Scheme was hosting its first annual industry drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum last Thursday (4 December), at which the launch took place.
Considerate Constructors Scheme chief executive Edward Hardy said: “We’re delighted to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline to help our workforce in times of need.
“The construction industry has a macho image, but like all sectors of society and as in all industries, people encounter a wide range of professional and personal difficulties and it can be hard to know where to turn to get help.
“Anyone calling will know that they’re speaking to someone who understands the nature of the construction industry and that they can do so in absolute confidence. It’s a welcome development in the industry.”
Lighthouse Club chief executive Bill Hill said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to launch the Construction Industry Helpline in partnership with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
“I am extremely grateful to the Scheme for its help in raising awareness of this much-needed facility for workers in the construction industry and their families.
“This unique helpline will give helpful advice to those facing difficult times as a result of unforeseen circumstances such as illness, accident or bereavement. I hope the industry and its workforce will benefit greatly from this worthwhile initiative.”
How you can support fellow professionals
The industry can show their support for the helpline through purchasing the wristbands, which include the helpline’s number and web address and come with a free information handout card, and A2 information posters to display around sites. These items can be purchased from the Scheme by calling 0800 783 1423 or emailing email@example.com.
Wristbands cost £2.50 (+ VAT) each and A2 posters cost £7.50 (+ VAT) each. All profits from the sale of these items will be donated to the helpline to fund its ongoing support to the workforce.