Joseph Gallagher operate an Observation Card scheme across all its projects and offices. For each valid observation card submitted a donation is made to the chosen Charity of the Year, which for 2018/2019 was the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
Joseph Gallagher, founder and Group Chairman said, “They are the only charity that provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families who have suffered an injury, illness or just need some extra support. As a family business, this is close to my heart and nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our people and our industry.”
The charity provides a 24 / 7 Construction Industry Helpline which is the first point of contact to access a range of completely free and confidential support services including financial and emotional wellbeing support. They also provide a free Construction Industry App which provides information, advice and guidance on a variety of wellbeing issues including stress, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. They are also a founder member of ‘Building Mental Health’, an online portal developed by industry volunteers to create a 5-step framework to help companies develop a positive mental health culture within their organisations. The Joseph Gallagher Group signed up to support Building Mental Health in November of last year and now have over 40 Mental Health First Aiders across the business.
“With the shocking statistic that two construction workers are taking their own life every single working day, we have to take action and create an environment where our people feel safe to talk and seek support.” said Glen Carlin, Head of Safety, Health and Environment and Quality.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “We are morally obligated to do everything we can to change these horrendous suicide statistics and our mission is that no construction worker should feel alone in a crisis. We receive no public funding and rely on the support of those within the industry to support their own. With the invaluable support of organisations such as Joseph Gallagher who carry out vital fundraising, we are able to make a real difference to someone’s life today.”