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New Construction Industry Peer Support programme launched

The Chamber is supporting the launch of an innovative, free pilot programme to help male and female construction workers to improve their mental and physical health. 

Construction workers, including those who are self-employed, in and around the Nottingham area, will be able to access tailored peer support.

Free confidential support is available for people working in the sector to improve the wellbeing of workers through sport, advice from people who have overcome mental and physical health barriers and priority access to medical support such as physiotherapists.

The programme is being co-facilitated by Self Help UK and Notts County Football In The Community and is delivered by Nottinghamshire City Council, with funding via the Work and Health Unit, which is a joint partnership of the Department for Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions. 

A launch event, where more information is available to construction industry employers and workers, is taking place on Monday 25 February at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham, from 7.30pm.  Click here to find out more.

Each individual programme delivery will be over a 12-week period.

The event will explain and discuss the programme outline and the range of workshops and/or physical activity sessions.  Participants will have an individualised assessment of need and will frame their own action plan (including their desired outcomes from the programme).

Individuals attending this event will be given time to get to know each other: an important part of the session will be looking at the theory and practice of self-help and how this is linked to peer support: the role of Peer Support Mentors (and plans for the recruitment and training of these) will be discussed.

The session will include an introduction to the Big White Wall resource and to the potential for using social media in the practice of effective peer support.

Want to know more or attend the event? 

If you are an employer or construction worker and are interested in this initiative and want more information or to attend this launch event, please contact Glenda Casteloes on 0115 876 2931 (during office hours) or email cips@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.