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Construction industry helpline launched

A new helpline has been launched by construction industry charity the Lighthouse Club to support the industry’s workforce and their families.

Construction industry helpline launched

The Construction Industry Helpline will provide confidential, 24/7 support on a range of topics including finance, depression, occupational health and wellbeing, illness and bereavement.

A drinks reception held by the Considerate Constructors Scheme at the Imperial War Museum was the setting for the Scheme to support the launch.

Bill Hill, chief executive of the Lighthouse Club, said: “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.”

Edward Hardy, chief executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, believes it is “a welcome development in the industry”.

He said: “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. Supported employees will feel more secure and confident in their roles and will therefore be happier in their working environment.”

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.

Wristbands cost £2.50 (+ VAT) each and A2 posters cost £7.50 (+ VAT) each. These items can be purchased from the Scheme by calling 0800 783 1423 or emailing enquiries@ccscheme.org.uk.

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