CHSG's Charitable Status
On 15th September 1981, the Construction Health and Safety Group (CHSG) received charitable status. CHSG works with organisations to support individuals from within and outside the Construction Industry, helping to build a better future.
CHSG Mental Health First Aid Courses
Since January 2017, CHSG has been offering subsidised places on the Mental Health First Aid Courses, run in accordance with MHFA England. These courses have now become a permanent fixture of CHSG’s training courses.
For the full two-day course the fee is subsidised to just £140 per person and for the half-day course £65.
Within the Construction Industry, Health and Wellbeing has not been a primary focus, until recently. CHSG is progressively focusing on the promotion and understanding of working and dealing with Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace. By subsidising these courses, CHSG is able to make their training more widely available to both members and non-members.
The two Mental Health First Aid courses offered by CHSG are featured below.
The two-day MHFA course, subsidised by CHSG, is an internationally recognised training course designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. You will be taught the necessary skills to enable you to support someone experiencing a mental health issue.
Did you know that after 3 years, Mental Health First Aid England recommend you sit the refresher course? This half day course has been developed by MHFA England to allow existing Mental Health First Aiders and Champions to refresh their MHFA Skills.
CHSG Fire Safety Academy®
In 2022, our new CHSG Fire Safety Academy was launched. This Academy features our new range of fire safety courses and the CONIAN Fire Safety Matrix.
The Academy was developed due to a growing need for fire safety training courses within the Construction and Associated Industries and our charitable status allowed us to invest the time and resources into doing so.
With the help of Industry professionals, we built, and are continually building, coherent strategies to raise the level of competence in Industry through our specialised training provision.
Lighthouse, The Construction Industry Charity
CHSG continuously supports Lighthouse by purchasing the Construction Industry Helpline Pack, which is made readily available to anyone attending training or meetings at the John Ryder Training Centre. With a display that showcases various pathways to support, there is something for everyone at the Centre.
In 2022, we donated £250 to Lighthouse to help them support the mental health and wellbeing of the Industry workers and their families.
In 2021, we donated £300 to Lighthouse’s Christmas eCard campaign.
The Construction Industry Helpline provides the Construction industry in the UK and Ireland with support. This charitable services is funded by the industry, for the industry and provides workers and their families with; financial aid, advice on health and wellbeing and support on tax, legal and debt matter.
Pick up your Construction Industry Helpline card at CHSG’s John Ryder Training Centre today and help your construction workforce gain access to this invaluable resource. You can find more resources from Lighthouse on our Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources page.
GlassDoor Homeless Charity
GlassDoor Homeless Charity, are the largest open network in London, who provide emergency winter shelter and support services for men and women affected by homelessness.
CHSG have been supporting GlassDoor since 2015, through donations and volunteering at the Hammersmith Centre, where GlassDoor provide meals for the homeless. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CHSG’s support and GlassDoor’s work has been limited due to government restrictions.
This winter (2022), Glass Door are reopening their night shelters for the first time since the pandemic and have launched a Christmas Appeal to help them raise their target of £175,000 needed to fund their services. CHSG have donated £250 to the Glass Door Christmas Appeal.
Building Mental Health
Building Mental Health is an online portal of information designed to signpost support, advice and provide free and easily accessible information about mental health within the construction industry. This initiative is led by a group of industry experts who all volunteer their time to help encourage the construction industry to engage and embrace the mental health agenda.
The goal of Building Mental Health (as stated on their website) is to:
- encourage the industry to engage and embrace the mental health agenda
- make best practice and information readily and wherever possible freely available
- ensure that the industry takes a huge leap forward to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by getting the conversation started while educating as many as possible where and when to seek help.
Safety4Good is an initiative developed by the UK Health & Safety Leaders to raise the positive profile of the profession in 4 ways:
1. Donating time to great causes – either at work or selflessly in your own time
2. Mentoring new and young entrants in the profession to maximise their potential and contribution and progress their careers
3. Raising money for our portfolio of charities through donation and events
4. Pro Bono service for small not for profit organisations
The purpose of Safety4Good is to raise the positive profile of the significant proactive and preventative work that Health & Safety professionals do to protect and serve their communities and colleagues. In the past, the media and the public have negatively portrayed the Health and Safety profession. This not a true reflection of the people who work every day with a passion to protect us and our quality of life. Our mission is to change this misunderstanding.
We are really excited about working with the CHSG who do so much already to enhance and improve the Safety and Health of the Construction industry. Our goals are in alignment and together we can support existing Safety professionals enhance their skills and influence, as well as encouraging new entrants to the profession too.
With more than 1200 supporters, 10 leaders, 26 Ambassadors, 70 mentor matches, and a huge amount of money and hours dedicated to good causes, Safety4Good is continuing to embed its roots further within the Health and Safety field. If you’d like to be involved, visit the website www.safety4good.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.