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The Scheme is delighted to report that the Construction Industry Helpline continues

to provide an invaluable resource for the workforce and their families as the number

of calls steadily increase.

SCHEME NEWS

16

September 2015

Issue 38

Construction Industry Helpline

Funded by the Lighthouse Club,

and supported by the Scheme, the

helpline is providing a sympathetic

ear and useful advice to hundreds

of workers on a whole raft of

different issues.

Through donations from

individuals, businesses

and construction industry

organisations, the helpline has also

been boosted by the Scheme’s

promotional wristbands and

posters.

So far the Scheme is thrilled

to have distributed thousands

of wristbands and A2 posters

throughout the industry, raising

valuable funds for this worthy

cause.

Scheme Chief Executive, Edward

Hardy said: “The Scheme is

delighted and proud to have

received such fantastic backing

from the whole construction

industry for the Construction

Industry Helpline.

“Each and every wristband and

poster purchased keeps this vital

lifeline going, so please continue

to support this important service.

Without the industry’s support, this

would not be possible.”

The helpline provides free and

confidential 24/7 telephone

support to the workforce and

their families on a range of topics

ranging from finance, depression,

occupational health and wellbeing,

illness and bereavement.

Latest figures from the Lighthouse

Club reveal a steady increase in

calls made to the helpline following

its launch last December, with 41

calls made during that month,

increasing to 71 in August 2015.

Reflecting the recent climate

of austerity, the overwhelming

majority of calls have been

about financial aid, with welfare

support coming second, followed

by queries about taxation and

occupational health.

Thanking the Scheme for its

support, Chief Executive of the

Lighthouse Club, Bill Hill said:

“Thanks to the Scheme’s good work

in distributing the posters and

wristbands, the calls are rising.

“As of the end of July we have

granted £225,000 and helped just

under 200 families through tough

financial times. In years gone by,

we would only receive financial aid

calls so it is encouraging that we

are now receiving calls on other

welfare matters too.”

To buy posters and wristbands

and help support the Helpline,

click

here

.