Who are the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club?
The Lighthouse Club Charity provides emotional, physical and financial well-being support to construction workers and their families. Since 1956, the charity has been delivering charitable support to the Construction Community. The Lighthouse Club was first founded by a group, that had attended a Ministry of Public Buildings and Works Exhibition on the seafront of Tyneside, Whitley Bay.
By St Mary’s Lighthouse, the men vowed to extend the goodwill by starting a cause to unite and benefit the entire construction industry. Since then, the Lighthouse Club was formed to offer aid and assistance to ill or injured construction workers.
What do they do?
Lighthouse Club’s mission is to make sure that no construction worker or their family should feel alone in a crisis. They are 100% dedicated to the construction community in the UK and Ireland and a crucial element of their strategy is to provide free and easy access to a wide range of resources and support in the wellbeing of their workforce.
They provide a free and confidential 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline, which is a free Employee Assistance Program for the industry. This helpline provides the first point of contact for those who need to access a range of completely confidential support services including:
Construction Industry Helpline App: A mobile phone app aimed at those who may not feel comfortable speaking with someone or would like more information about how they can help themselves before taking the next step in seeking professional help.
Construction-Focused Wellbeing and Mental Health Training: Lighthouse Club also offers a variety of construction-focused training programmes running from hour-long interactive well-being sessions and MHFA England-approved Mental Health First Aider courses.
Free confidential SMS service: TEXT HARDHAT for text-back counselling.
Access to Lighthouse Beacons: Drop-in centres located around the UK; allowing construction workers and their families to visit and speak to volunteers face to face.
Welling Masterclasses: Includes emotional, physical and financial wellbeing.
How is Natta pledging to help their employees?
Natta has signed up for the Mental Health Charter and has also become a ‘Supporter’ of the Lighthouse Club Charity. These initiatives mean that we can provide cohesive awareness and understanding of the importance of poor mental health to our workforce and promote positive mental health through resources and facilitated workshops.
We have created a Mental Health Hub for our staff so that they can access helpful information and resources to help support their needs. We are also rolling out the Construction Industry Helpline App to our workforce. So, if they need to talk to someone confidentially or need help quickly, the aid is there at their fingertips.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Courses
As a business, we are rolling out the Lighthouse Wellbeing Masterclass as well as a number of mental health and wellbeing courses. Our training provider, CISTC, also run Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses. These first aid courses include an in-depth understanding of mental health and what factors can affect well-being in a workplace. The course also includes practical skills to recognise the triggers and signs of mental health. We will be enrolling more of our staff on these.
Other resources which will be adopted from The Lighthouse Club are MHToolbox Talks, Mental Health for Managers,Mental Health Awareness Course, Mental Health First Aider Course and Wellbeing Champion Training and Support.
This is just the start of Natta’s journey with the Lighthouse Charity. As a company, we are committing to building a Mental Health Framework which underpins the values of our business and supports people in our industry, every day, and throughout their working lives.
Established over 50 years ago, Natta Building Company Limited is a highly successful, progressive independent contracting group. Inherent to our business is our focus and ‘can do’ attitude.
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