Launch of innovative project to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of constrution workers
An innovative project has been launched to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of construction workers in the Nottingham area. The Construction Industry Peer Support project (CIPS) aims to support over 100 construction workers who are stressed or anxious.
Participants will get free access to online help - the Big White Wall. They will also be able to take part in peer support groups, through Self Help UK and will be offered a choice of physical activities, delivered by Notts County Football in the Community. Both have experience of working with people with physical and mental health issues.
The CIPS project can also support employers to develop self help groups in the workplace with practical help to set up the groups. A CIPS support toolbox has been developed for employers.
A pilot project launched in February and is proving successful. The next session will begin on 29 April at the YMCA, in Aspley, Nottingham. For details of how to take part contact Glenda 07516 110215.
The project is funded by the Work and Health Unit – a partnership between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Health and Social Care – and is led by Nottingham City Council.
Participants in the pilot project have talked about the benefits of taking part. Only their first names have been included to protect their confidentiality.
Jayne, a painter and decorator, said: “I’ve learned a lot about the different ways I can manage stress and improve my wellbeing and I’m starting to make changes.”
Mark, a groundworker, said: “I would definitely recommend the CIPS course, I feel it is helping me to get fitter and improve my energy levels.”