Critical financial wellbeing support launched

 The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s free app has been upgraded with nudge, the financial wellbeing platform, in response to feedback from the industry and findings of its latest Impact Report.

One of the key findings of the recently published report was that 62% of emergency financial grants were to help pay for daily living costs including buying food, paying utility bills, and clearing rent arrears and debt.

Over 50% of our construction workforce are either self-employed, agency workers or on zero hour contracts, so when things go wrong financially, issues can quickly spiral out of control.

In the current climate, the app’s new feature is yet another lifeline to the industry and focuses on the need for more preventative tools and building resilience in the areas of mental, physical, and financial wellbeing.

Working in partnership with nudge, the charity is now able to offer even more support to the construction community, just when it is needed the most.

Information and advice around money can be complex, overwhelming and conflicting, but nudge resolves this by providing personalised and unbiased financial education in a simple way. With timely prompts (nudges) to take action and the tools to help people manage their money, this latest development will help people to understand and manage their money more effectively, boost their financial wellbeing and, in turn, their overall wellbeing.

The new feature offers:

  • nudges: When there’s something people need to know, or a financial action they ought to take, users are sent a personal, timely nudge to remind them.
  • Education: Bite size personalised content – boosts financial knowledge, skills and confidence.
  • Tools: Money management tools help with tasks such as budgeting or saving for goals easier.

The charity’s mission is that ‘no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis’ and this latest addition to the app certainly responds to the needs of the industry. The free app complements the 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline.

The charity has also recently announced free wellbeing training to the industry for the remainder of 2020 and this includes financial wellbeing sessions. In addition to this, the fallout of Covid-19 means an increasing number of redundancies and their free wellbeing programme now also includes two sessions aimed at improving employability.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “With financial stress at an all time high, it’s vital to address money worries quickly. By making all of our proactive and reactive wellbeing support services free, we hope to remove any barriers to access so that our construction workers get the help they need quickly.”

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