Listening Lounge

Working with their trade contractors and mental health first aiders, the team have established the Listening Lounge in a discrete area of their welfare facility. Being mindful of other faiths prayer routines, twice a week between 9.00am – 12.00pm the prayer and wellbeing room is set up as a Listening Lounge. During these times six of their mental health first aiders work on a rota to provide a confidential listener and person to talk to for their operatives. They are trained to be active listeners, ask mindful questions and be able to signpost operatives to seek further mental health and financial or social support if needed.

This initiative has the support of the client and trade contractors on a project wide scale. This means that all trade contractors are promoting the initiative in their morning briefings and allowing their operatives time out of their day to visit the Listening Lounge without judgement. There is also signage and a poster campaign across the site to emphasis and encourage its use.

The whole team see the importance of making this space inviting and comfortable for operatives to encourage them to open-up and unburden themselves. To do this refreshments will be offered, in addition to changes being made to soften the lighting in the room.

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