Housebuilder partners with construction charity to help tackle mental health issues

HOUSEBUILDER Dandara, which has developments in the east of Scotland and Aberdeen, has launched its first national partnership with Lighthouse Club to help tackle mental health issues within the construction industry.

Lighthouse Club provides support services for construction workers including a confidential helpline, 24/7 text-back counselling service, a support app with information about medical conditions and coping strategies, and masterclasses to help people deal with a range of issues.

Trevor Dempsey, CEO of Dandara, said, “Following our recent expansion and looking to the future of the company, it is our priority to ensure our ethos is upheld; our first national partnership with Lighthouse is a vital part of this. The construction industry has a tragically high suicide rate, which has been increasing in recent years, so it was incredibly important to us to work with a charity like Lighthouse Club that provides practical support to not only our employees, but our subcontractors and any other workers on our sites – alongside their family members.

“We want to help break the stigma of mental health in the industry, and the grassroots support this partnership offers across our sites is a meaningful first step.”

Bill Hill, CEO of Lighthouse Club, added, “We are excited to welcome Dandara as one of our company supporters. We receive no public funding, so it is only through the generosity of people in the industry that we can provide much-needed support to people working in construction and their families.”