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“Off The Bench” A Know Your Neighbourhood Project

A pioneering project designed to provide robust support to individuals within the construction industry, as well as those who possess a genuine desire to contribute to their local community through voluntary efforts. This initiative harnesses the power of football as a catalyst for positive change, enabling participants to foster meaningful connections and actively engage in community-building endeavours.

The project is free of charge to any construction business that has a presence in Thanet, as it is fully funded by the National Lottery.

Suicide in construction

Of the 507 construction suicides last year, 503 were male.

The construction suicide toll in 2022 was 25 more than the previous five-year average of 482.

The latest number equates to 34 per 100,000 in employment – up from 26 per 100,000 seven years ago.

It used to be said that suicides within construction are three times that of the national industry average. In fact, the latest data indicates that workers in construction are now nearly four times more likely to take their own lives compared to other sectors.

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