We know that there’s still work to be done and that perceptions still need to be improved, especially in the building and construction industry. This is why we have launched our SupporTPride campaign, to raise awareness and offer support, so that you or someone you might know, can feel comfortable being their authentic self in the workplace.
Our industry needs to make a collective change in order to have a truly unique, diverse workforce. At Travis Perkins, we’re building an environment that encourages inclusivity and we want you to be part of it.
Latest SupporTPride article 19.06.20
From the outside looking in, the construction industry wears a hard hat. For centuries, the industry has been recognised to be a community for the ‘tough guys’, with hypermasculine behaviour often being rewarded, creating an atmosphere for obvious gender segregation. Whilst our builders create the foundations of our homes to office buildings, the same builders have often been left behind when it comes to building the foundations for diversity in the workplace. We want to change that. Together, we’re working to serve our customers and support each other in an environment where discrimination, judgement and prejudice play no part.
Read the full article here.
Here’s a list of helpful free support resources that you may find useful:
Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality. Working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception.
Founded by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality, Stonewall campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in communities, and empowers LGBTQ people and their allies to be role models wherever they live, work, shop, socialise or pray.
Call: 0800 0502020
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people with experience of mental health issues. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.
Call: 01273 234 839 (you can leave a message on the 24-hour confidential answerphone, if calling out of office hours)
Chat online: click on the pink chat bubble when they're online to talk to a volunteer. You can leave a message when the online service is not open by clicking on the black bar in the bottom right hand corner.
Relate is the leading relationship charity and the largest provider of relationship support in England and Wales. Offering counselling, information, mediation and support to individuals, couples and families. They work online and on the phone with people of all backgrounds and sexualities, at all stages of life. They also provide expert training for relationship support practitioners. Their mission is to make expert information and support for healthy relationships available to everyone. Please note that face-to-face services are currently closed but you can access support via webcam, phone and Live Chat. They also have a range of information and self-help available on their website.
Call: 0300 00300396
The NCS is committed to making sure people can receive information, support and training when they need it. They hold an Accredited Register of counsellors which you can search to find a registered counsellor in the UK, near you. This allows you the choice to find a qualified counsellor you feel comfortable working with.
Call: 01903 200666
Find a counsellor: nationalcounsellingsociety.org/find-counsellor
Whatever you're going through, call Samaritans free any time, from any phone. Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever.
Call: 116 123
The leading mental health charity Mind can provide information on a range of topics including types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments.
Call: 0300 123 3393
Provided by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the helpline advises on a range of matters including occupational health and wellbeing, support and advice for people with stress, and home worries. The services can also provide emergency financial aid to the construction community in times of crisis.
Call: 0345 605 1956
Open 24/7, many of our knowledgeable advisors are veterans too, so have a good understanding of the issues you may be facing when you leave the Armed Forces. They can quickly assess your needs and either connect you to one of their expert partners or advise you on which organisation can assist. Their big network of partners from both the military and non-military sectors can support you with a range of issues including mental wellbeing, physical health, employability, finances and housing.
Please note: Travis Perkins does not provide any direct support or advice to individuals. You may wish to check with your employer if confidential counselling and advice services are available.