Local construction workers raise £500 for Hillindon brand of Mind
The construction site team at Padcroft, which is Redrow’s latest development in West Drayton, announces that they have raised £500 for the local Hillingdon branch of mental health charity, Mind.
Mind is a mental health charity which offers information and advice to people with mental health issues and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. The Hillingdon branch, which has been in operation for over 30-years, has a fantastic reputation for its commitment to promoting good mental health and well-being in the Borough, and campaigning for better mental health policy framework and service provision.
The site team’s announcement follows the recent launch of our new group-wide mental health campaign, which aims to support and educate our employees and subcontractors on mental health through a series of facilitated workshops and ongoing support from 120 of our own mental health first aiders.
Mental health plays a crucial role in the construction industry. A recent Randstad report, ’Taking down the walls’ surveyed 3,400 construction property and engineering workers to explore the boundaries that surrounded mental health issues in the construction industry. The report found that 73% of respondents felt that their employers do not recognise early signs of mental health problems, while 34% of construction workers experienced a mental health condition in the 12 months that led up to the survey’s launch.
The Mental Health Recovery Manager from the Mind Hillingdon branch subsequently visited Padcroft to speak to the team about mental health, which was attended by over 50 on-site and office personnel.
Brendan Rafferty, site manager at Padcroft, comments “As a company, valuing people and creating thriving communities is at the heart of what we do, so it is important that we give back to local communities in any way we can. We know that mental health in our industry is a huge concern with research revealing that on average two construction workers take their own lives every day. It is fantastic to see our own employees not only reach out to the local community, but also become more educated about their own and their colleague’s mental health.”