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Lighthouse Charity responds to 30% increase in demand for support

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

With a focus on emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing support, the charity has delivered £3,927,992 of charitable support and been a beacon of hope to 4435 needy families, a 30% increase on the previous year.   

Against a challenging backdrop of continued cost-of-living increases, material price rises, unpredictable workloads, and labour shortages, the report reflects a year of resilience, growth, and impactful initiatives. 

For every £1 charitable spend, the charity created £10.06 of social value, a figure that reflects the impressive array of proactive and reactive support available for individuals and organisations.  

The report also outlines some strategic collaborations that have facilitated sustainable futures for the people in our industry and support a new generation of workers. 

The charity’s caseworkers played a pivotal role, supporting 2435 complex cases and securing £1,675,309 of funding through collaborating with other charities and ensuring people were accessing their statutory entitlements.

The number of people accessing vital counselling services increased by 20%, and a huge 42% of the charity’s grant expenditure was invested in fast access to virtual and face-to-face counselling, which offers vital support for various emotional wellbeing issues. 

One of the charity’s most impactful front-line interventions has been the hugely successful #MakeItVisible on-site initiative. 

In 2023, the team visited 390 sites, reaching almost 26,000 site operatives, contractors, and allied trades, some of the industry’s most vulnerable workers. 

The charity’s on-site team share their struggles in a relatable way, encouraging others to speak openly, too. 

Last year, the on-site team made a life-changing and life-saving impact, with 139 workers experiencing suicidal thoughts. 

In 2023, its Critical Incident Support team was called to 49 locations and supported 850 people affected by a serious or fatal on-site incident. 

The specialist team provides immediate support, offering a ‘safe space’ for people to share their concerns and signposting them to specialist trauma counsellors if necessary. 

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